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Financial Markets Panel Discussion to Address the Role of Shareholder Activism in Corporate Governance

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The Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy, housed in the university’s McDonough School of Business, will host a timely dialogue on the role of shareholder activism in corporate decision-making in partnership with the Financial Times. The event, to be held in New York City, will bring together policymakers, market participants, and scholars to discuss critical issues related to the scope and forms of shareholder involvement following the financial crisis.

 

The event will feature a keynote addresses from Daniel Gallagher, commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, a panel discussion introduced by Michael MacKenzie, U.S. markets editor, Financial Times, and moderated by Reena Aggarwal, director of the center and professor of finance, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, will feature the following speakers:

  • Bill Anderson, managing director, M&A Group, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Viet Dinh, professor of law, Georgetown University Law Center, and corporate director
  • Mario Gabelli, chairman and CEO, GAMCO Investors, Inc.
  • Gary Retelny, president, ISS, and managing director, MSCI
  • Barry Rosenstein, founder and managing partner, JANA Partners LLC

WHEN:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
5 to 7 p.m.

WHERE:
The Paley Center for Media
25 West 52nd St
New York, NY

RSVP:
Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, assistant dean for communications, at (202) 687-4080 or tmm53@georgetown.edu.

PROGRAM:
5 p.m. – Welcome
Reena Aggarwal, professor of finance, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

5:10 p.m. – Keynote Speaker Daniel Gallagher, commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

5:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion
The panel will address: 

  • What is the role of shareholders in reforming corporate America?
  • What role should shareholders play in strategies and policies of the corporation?
  • Is there too little or too much shareholder involvement?
  • Have shareholders become more empowered?
  • Are they using their empowerment constructively?
  • Has shareholder power increased/decreased/not changed firm value?
  • What form is shareholder involvement taking – engagement, activism, proxy voting?
  • Have companies become more receptive to engaging shareholders?
  • What should be the role of proxy advisory firms? 

7 p.m. – Closing Michael MacKenzie, U.S. markets editor, Financial Times

About the Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy
Offering innovative and influential thought leadership, the Georgetown Center for Financial Markets and Policy fosters discussion on critical policy and regulatory issues related to global financial markets. The center hosts dialogues, conferences, and events involving industry, academia, and policymakers; provides a non-partisan forum for informed discussion; sponsors relevant and impactful research on key global market issues; and engages students interested in finance. For more information, go to http://finpolicy.georgetown.edu or follow us on Twitter @GUFinPolicy.