About this Event
The role and power of shareholders in corporate America is at the core of many contemporary governance debates. Questions regarding dual class shares, mutual funds’ voting, board structure and composition, and the role of institutional investors in promoting social cause are indicative of a larger underlying quest to set the proper boundaries of shareholders’ role in the corporate governance ecosystem. Participants are invited to revisit the shareholder franchise paradigm through these recent debates.
The conference is hosted by Assistant Professor Yaron Nili and is sponsored by the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Participants (in alphabetical order)
- Allison Blais (PDF), Senior Corporate Securites and M&A Counsel, Adobe
- Albert Choi, Professor of Law, Michigan Law
- Scott Coward, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer & Secretary, Exact Sciences Corporation
- Jens C. Dammann, Ben H. and Kitty King Powell Chair in Business and Commercial Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
- Ofer Eldar, Associate Professor of Law and Finance, Duke University School of Law
- Nadelle Grossman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School
- Claire Hill, James L. Krusemark Chair in Law, University of Minnesota Law School
- Cathy Hwang, Associate Professor, Univeristy of Utah College of Law
- Megan Jackson (PDF), Global Investor Collaboration Services
- Matthew Jennejohn, Associate Professor of Law, BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School
- Keith L. Johnson, Shareholder, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.
- Kobi Kastiel, Assistant Professor, Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law
- Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster, State of Delaware Court of Chancery
- Da Lin (PDF), Assistant Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law
- Ann M. Lipton, Michael M. Fleishman Associate Professor in Business Law and Entrepreneurship, Tulane Law School
- Valerie Mack (PDF), Elliott Management Corporation
- Veronica Root Martinez, Profesor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School
- Jeremy McClane, Associate Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law
- Keith Nelsen (PDF), Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Best Buy
- Yaron Nili, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School
- Gabriel Rauterberg, Assistant Professor of Law, Michigan Law
- Edward Rock, Martin Lipton Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
- Gregory Shill, Associate Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law
- Eric Talley, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
- David Villa, Executive Director/Chief Investment Officer, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
- Andrew Winden, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law
Thursday - Room 2260
|4:00 - 4:30pm||Keynote Speech: "Disinterested, Uncoerced, and Fully Informed: The Parameters of Investor Self-Defense in an Era of Shifted Judicial Focus," Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster, State of Delaware Court of Chancery|
|4:30 - 5:20pm||
"Shareholder Activism and Institutional Engagement: View from the Ground"
|5:20 - 5:25pm||Break|
|5:25 - 6:10pm||
"The Shareholder Franchise: Past, Present, and Future"
|6:10 - 7:00pm||Reception in the Law School Atrium for Conference Attendees|
|7:30pm||Dinner for speakers and invited guests|
Friday - Lubar Commons (Room 7200)
|8:00 - 8:45am||Breakfast|
|8:45 - 10:30am||
"Federal Forum Provisions and Internal Corporate Affairs Doctrine"
Commentator: Jens C. Dammann
"Complexity, Bounded Managerial Rationality, and the Shareholder Primacy Doctrine"
"How Do We Get Consensus on the Shareholder/Manager Power Allocation?"
|10:30 - 10:50am||Break|
|10:50am - 12:00pm||
|12:00 - 1:00pm||Lunch in the Quarles and Brady Reading Room|
|1:00 - 2:45pm||
Commentator: Edward Rock
|2:45 - 3:00pm||Break|
|3:00 - 4:45pm||
"Free-Shifting Bylaws: An Empirical Analysis"
Commentator: Ofer Eldar
"Allocating Control by Contract: An Empirical Analysis of Shareholder Agreements"
Commentator: Matthew Jennejohn
"The Market for Votes"
Commentator: Albert Choi
If you are planning to stay in Madison past Friday afternoon, we will also organize a few informal activities for Friday night and Saturday morning to explore Madison during one of the best times of the year. More details will follow as we get closer to the event.
Accommodations and Directions
We have reserved a block of rooms at the Concourse Hotel:
- The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703
The Concourse hotel is about a 20 minute walk from the Law School: Directions from Hotel to Law School
Approved for 2.5 hours of CLE Credit for WI Attorneys.
For questions about logistics, please contact Michelle Preston.
For questions about the content of the program, please contact Professor Yaron Nili.
University of Wisconsin Law School, Institute for Legal Studies, University Lectures Fitch Fund, George Young Bascom Chair in Business Law