John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Spring 2016

March 15, 2016
2016 Corporate Governance Symposium
Clayton Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

The focus of the 2016 Corporate Governance Symposium will be “Governance Issues of Critical Importance to Boards and Investors in 2016.”   The Symposium will begin with a panel of pubic company directors, investors, proxy advisory firms, and other representatives from the corporate and investor community, and the Delaware judiciary, during which each panelist will share what matters most to them in 2016.  The Symposium will provide attendees with cutting edge governance discussion and debate.  The panelists include:

  • Leslie A. Brun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sarr Group, LLC; Chairman of the Board, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. and CDK Global, Inc.; Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, Merck & Co, Inc. and NXT Capital, Inc.
  • Margaret M. Foran, Chief Governance Officer, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Prudential Financial, Inc.; Director, Occidental Petroleum Corporation
  • Michael Garland, Assistant Comptroller for Corporate Governance and Responsble Investment, Bureau of Asset Management, Office of the New York City Comptroller
  • The Honorable J. Travis Laster, Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Robert M. McCormick, Chief Policy Officer, Glass Lewis & Co.
  • Patrick S. McGurn, Special Counsel and Head of Strategic Research and Analysis, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS)
  • Alesandra M. Rutherford, Principal, CamberView Partners, LLC
  • Thomas E. Sandall, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sandell Asset Management Corp
  • Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)

Charles Elson
, Director, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Delaware; Edgar S. Woolard Chair in Corporate Governance; and Professor of Finance

The Symposium will continue with a special academic paper presentation by Professor Lucian A. Bebchuk from Harvard Law School, followed by the presentation of three additional academic papers on topics that are of critical importance to boards and investors today.  The three academic papers to be presented are:

  • "Shareholder Power and Corporate Innovation: Evidence from Hedge Fund Activism”
    Alon Brav, Duke University (Presenter); Wei Jang, Columbia University; Song Ma, Duke University; Xuan Tian,     Indiana University (Bloomington)

    Discussant - Sabastian V. Niles, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Who Controls Corporate Charters? Shareholder Activism and Corporate Charter Amendments?”
    Geeyoung Min, University of Virginia Law School (Presenter)

     Discussant - Myron T. Steele, Potter, Anderson & Corroon LLP, and former Chief Justice, Delaware Supreme Court
  • “Banker Loyalty in Mergers and Acquisitions” 
    Andrew F. Tuch, Washington University School of Law (Presenter)

     Discussant - The Hon. J. Travis Laster, Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery

Event details, including registration information, will be forthcoming. 

Symposium Call for Papers

News Journal article


April 12, 2015
The Audit Committee of the Future: What Skill Sets Will Committees Need?
Gore Recital Hall, Roselle Center for the Arts, University of Delaware

Program co-sponsored by the Center for Audit Quality and the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance of the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics at the University of Delaware.

With investors increasing focus on board composition and director skill sets, and new risks emerging for markets and public companies, the role of the audit committee—and the skill sets of its members—are more important than ever. As audit committees confront these new risks, along with growing market complexities and heightened attention from regulators, some are calling for a fresh look at the definition of an “audit committee financial expert” as well as a reexamination of the number of financial experts required for boards. Recent regulatory activity from the SEC and PCAOB have focused on the audit committee’s role in serving investors and other capital markets stakeholders through disclosure and audit quality.

With the spotlight on audit committees, this expert panel will explore what the composition of the audit committee will look like in the future. Should the SEC and/or the stock exchanges reexamine their definition of an audit committee financial expert?  Is the current definition of an “audit committee financial expert” too broadly written?  Are audit committees better served by having members with more diverse skills and experience?  Should the audit committee chair be required to be an “audit committee financial expert?”  Would audit committees benefit from having more than one financial expert? Would investors benefit from a more comprehensive understanding and enhanced disclosure of the relevant skills and expertise that all audit committee members possess?

Confirmed Panelists include:

  • Cindy Fornelli, Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality
  • Angela Brock-Kyle, Audit Committee Member, Infinity Property and Casualty Corp.
  • The Honorable Randy J. Holland, Justice, Delaware Supreme Court
  • Philip Livingston, Audit Committee Chair, Vision Energy; former CEO of Financial Executives International
  • Paula Loop, Leader, PwC Center for Board Governance
  • Zach Oleksiuk, Americas Head, Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment, BlackRock
  • James Schnurr, Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • John White, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore 

Charles Elson, Director, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Delaware; Edgar S. Woolard Chair in Corporate Governance; and Professor of Finance

Event details, including registration information, will be forthcoming. 





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