CORPORATE GOVERNANCE 2017
BALANCING STAKEHOLDER INTEREST IN AN ERA OF ACTIVISM

18 September 2017  |  Institute of Directors

Roland Bosch

Associate Director – Engagement
Hermes Investment Management

Are You Prepared for a U.S. Activist Attack?

Business leaders everywhere are proactively adopting a range of structural changes to meet the challenges presented by changing corporate governance issues, including the increasing number of shareholder activists’ campaigns.

Corporate Governance 2017 is an exclusive, invitation-only conference which will examine the current thinking on strategy, outline best practices and provide vital guidance for those tasked with leading their companies through tumultuous times.


David Marsh

Managing Director and Co-Founder
Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF)

Staying Ahead in Today's Volatile Environment

Be Your Own Activist

Chief Client Officer
 Engaged Capital, LLC

Richard Gray

Anne-Sophie d’Andlau

Co-Founder Deputy CEO
and Managing Partner
CIAM

Staying Ahead in Today's Volatile Environment

Billie Ida Williamson

Director
 Pentair plc and CSRA, Inc.

Be Your Own Activist

Martin Baccardax

London Bureau Chief
TheStreet, Inc.

Industry experts and leading practitioners will discuss topics ranging from "Defending Your Board and Holding Activists at Bay" to "Rewarding Executives and Satisfying Stakeholders".

THE PARTNERS

THE SPEAKERS

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

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116 Pall Mall, London

LOCATION


SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT

Janet Williamson

Senior Policy Officer, Economics and Social Affairs Department
 Trades Union Congress

Reward Executives and Satisfy Stakeholders

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This conference is programmed for C-suite executives, investors and board members of publicly-held companies. If you’d like to attend, please provide your professional and contact information below. Invitations will be extended on a rolling basis. Seats are limited.

To learn how your organization can participate in this conference, contact Jonathan McReynolds at jmcreynolds@thedeal.com or +1 212-321-5259.

Arthur Crozier

Chairman
 
Innisfree M&A Incorporated

Are You Prepared for a U.S. Activist Attack?

Malcolm McKenzie

Managing Director
Alvarez & Marsal

Be Your Own Activist

If you are a member of the press, please inquire about a press pass with Jon Kostakopoulos at jon.kostakopoulos@thestreet.com or +1 212-321-5259.

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Richard Gray

Chief Client Officer
 Engaged Capital, LLC

Presented by

THE AGENDA

Much like governments around the world, companies are having to adjust to heightened levels of social and political instability. Are boards doing enough to proactively mitigate risk? What are the most important governance red-flags to address well in advance of disruption?

8:00-8:45

Opening Remarks by David Callaway, Chief Executive Officer, TheStreet, Inc.

Registration and Breakfast

9:40-10:30

8:50-9:40 

8:45-8:50 

Be Your Own Activist

Staying Ahead in Today's Volatile Environment

Keynote Interview with Sir Peter Bonfield, Chairman, NXP Semiconductors

It’s becoming more common for shareholder activists to approach the long-only funds and traditionally passive investors in an attempt to sway their vote. How should management and boards regularly engage with influential shareholders as part of their corporate strategy?

Networking Break

9:40-10:30 

10:30-11:30 

Reward Executives and Satisfy Stakeholders

11:30-12:20 

European shareholders – and politicians – have become much more active on compensation issues. What, if any, is government’s role in pay ratio disclosure mandates or executive comp caps? How can a board effectively reward executives while satisfying shareholders and creating long-term value for the company?

Networking Luncheon

12:20-13:20 

14:10-15:00 

13:20-14:10 

Defend Your Board and Hold Activists at Bay

Activist campaigns in Europe have been growing each and every year – with nearly half of those focused on U.K.-based targets. Should European companies adopt strategies similar to their American counterparts, or execute more drastic responses, such as poison-pills and other defensive techniques?

Are You Prepared for a U.S. Activist Attack?

Activist campaigns in Europe have been growing each and every year – with nearly half of those focused on U.K.-based targets. Should European companies adopt strategies similar to their American counterparts, or execute more drastic responses, such as poison-pills and other defensive techniques?

15:00-15:20 

16:10-16:15 

15:20-16:10 

Networking Break

Cybersecurity: Managing GDPR

An estimated $400 billion a year is spent cleaning up the damage cyberattacks create and the lost productivity that is ultimately the result. Instituting meaningful – and effective – cybersecurity polices is a top-down effort that needs the guidance of engaged executive boards. What are best practices?

Closing Remarks

Cocktail Reception

16:15-17:15 

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Program Sponsor

Luncheon Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

John Armstrong-Denby

Activist Turned Advisor; Former Managing Director
 
Edmond de Rothschild

Are You Prepared for a U.S. Activist Attack?

Ilias Chantzos

Senior Director, Symantec Government Affairs EMEA & APJ
 
Symantec

Cybersecurity:
Managing GDPR

Oonagh Harpur

Non-Executive Director, Government Legal Department Member, Advisory Panel, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Staying Ahead in Today's Volatile Environment

Noel Harwerth

Non-Executive Director
 Standard Life; Sirius Minerals; The London Metal Exchange and CHAPS Co.

Reward Executives and Satisfy Stakeholders

Dr. Cordula Heldt

Head of Corporate Governance and Company Law
 Deutsches Aktieninstitut e.V.

Reward Executives and Satisfy Stakeholders

Bill Jenks

Director
KPMG Makinson Cowell

Defend Your Board and Hold Activists at Bay

Peter Lunt

Responsible Investment
Senior Analyst
 USS Investment Management

Be Your Own Activist

David Trenchard

Director
The People’s Trust

Are You Prepared for a U.S. Activist Attack?

David Callaway

Chief Executive Officer
 TheStreet, Inc.

Opening Remarks

Sir Peter Bonfield

Chairman
 
NXP Semiconductors

Keynote Interview

Defend Your Board and Hold Activists at Bay

Lisa Botter


Assistant Managing Editor

The Deal

Reward Executives and Satisfy Stakeholders

Lawson Caisley

Partner
Allen & Overy

Defend Your Board and Hold Activists at Bay

Daniel Nardello

Chief Executive Officer
Nardello & Co.

Defend Your Board and Hold Activists at Bay

Ronald Orol

Senior Editor
The Deal

Be Your Own Activist

Cas Sydorowitz

Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Advisory
 
Georgeson

Defend Your Board and Hold Activists at Bay

Anita Skipper

Senior Analyst -
Corporate Governance
Aviva Investors

Staying Ahead in Today's Volatile Environment

Mariana Pereira

Director
Darktrace

Cybersecurity:
Managing GDPR

Patrick McHugh

Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director
Okapi Partners

Be Your Own Activist

Olivia Kirtley

Non-Executive Director
U.S. Bancorp, Papa John's International,
and Rescare, Inc.

Reward Executives and Satisfy Stakeholders

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Billie Ida Williamson

Director
 Pentair and CSRA, Inc.

Rakhi Kumar

Managing Director
Head of ESG Investments and Asset Stewardship
State Street Global Advisors

Are You Prepared for a U.S. Activist Attack?

Dr. Rachel O'Connell

Co-Founder
The TrustBridge

Cybersecurity:
Managing GDPR

Karina Popova

Head of Development
LINK Mobility GmbH

Cybersecurity:
Managing GDPR

Sir Peter Bonfield

Chairman
 
NXP Semiconductors

Anne-Sophie d’Andlau

Co-Founder Deputy CEO
and Managing Partner
CIAM