Former SEC Commissioner to give keynote address
LAS VEGAS – Aug. 9, 2021 – Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) William S. Boyd School of Law will co-host the second annual “Summit for Corporate Governance” on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The summit brings together leaders from business, law, and academia to share perspectives on how to best tackle some of the most pressing governance issues facing corporate boards of directors.
Former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Robert Jackson, Jr., currently the Pierropont Family Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, will give the opening day keynote. Jackson also serves as the law school’s co-director of the Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance, and as director of the Program on Corporate Law and Policy. Jackson will speak on the developments at the SEC on environmental, social, and governance (ESG)-related disclosures, ranging from investor expectations to issuer questions as the SEC considers adopting rules in this area over the coming years.
“This year’s summit comes at a critical time for directors of public companies who face unique corporate governance challenges arising from the economic, business, and public health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Michael J. Bonner, co-chair of the summit and managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Las Vegas office. “Greenberg Traurig is honored to co-host the summit with one of the top public law schools in the United States, and to bring together distinguished leaders in a variety of industries to provide strategies and insight that board members and companies can utilize to navigate today’s rapidly changing corporate landscape.”
“As the SEC considers rules of generational importance on issuers’ climate and human capital management, I am especially delighted to be able to share my thoughts on these issues with the cutting-edge counselors at this year’s Summit,” Jackson said.
Conference participants will delve into important issues affecting corporate governance, including ESG; risk management; succession planning; oversight by audit committees; investor communication; executive compensation; disclosure requirements; and dealing with activist stockholders. Featured panel discussions include:
- All about the green: Developments of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in the boardroom
- Buy, sell, or hold: What’s a board to do in today’s M&A environment?
- Diversity, inclusion, and refreshment: The hidden ingredients of successful boardroom governance
- Carrots and sticks: Unlocking the power of effective incentive structures in executive and board compensation
- If you don’t know, now you know: A guide to a board’s role in managing (unexpected) risk in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Let’s talk!: Maximizing the shareholder relationship and the benefits of shareholder engagement
Summit panels will reflect perspectives and insights from distinguished panelists, including:
- Rachel Anderson, Professor of Law, The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
- Alan I. Annex, Co-Chair, Global Corporate Practice, Greenberg Traurig, P.A., Miami
- M. Adel Aslani-Far, Shareholder, Corporate Practice, Greenberg Traurig, New York
- John Bailey, Managing Partner, Bailey Kennedy, LLP; Director, Boyd Gaming Corporation
- David Berman, Co-Head of US Industry Coverage & Global Head of Consumer, Gaming & Leisure Investment Banking, Macquarie Capital
- Michael J. Bonner, Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Las Vegas office, Corporate Practice Shareholder
- Benjamin P. Edwards, Associate Professor of Law, The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
- John Holland, Managing Director and General Counsel, Platinum Equity
- Barbara A. Jones, Co-Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Los Angeles office, Co-Chair of the Blockchain & Digital Assets Practice, and Global Corporate Practice Shareholder
- Daniel Lee, President & CEO, Full House Resorts, Inc.
- Thomas Morton, President & Chief Legal Officer, Switch, Inc.
- Richard Nottenburg, Director, Verint and its spin-off, Cognyte Software Ltd.
- Linda Park, Corporate Secretary, VP & Associate General Counsel, Edwards Lifesciences
- Liane Pelletier, Board Member, Switch, Inc. and Frontdoor, Inc.
- Jordan Rae Kelly, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
- Nancy Rapoport, Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law & Affiliate Professor of Business Law & Ethics, The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law & Lee Business School
- Christina Sautter, Cynthia Felder Favard Professorship, Byron R. Kantrow Professorship, and Vinson & Elkinson Professorship of Law, Louisiana State University Law
- Paul Schulman, Managing Director – M&A and Activism Advisory Group, Morrow Sodali
- Richard Sirus, Shareholder, Corporate Practice, Greenberg Traurig, Chicago
- Donald Snyder, Director, Western Alliance Bancorporation and Switch, Inc.
- Jessica Strine, Managing Partner & CEO, Sustainable Governance Partners
- Kelly Sullivan, Partner, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
- Laura Wanlass, Partner, Head of Governance Services, Aon
For more information about this year’s program visit: Summit for Corporate Governance.
Support for the conference is provided by the following sponsors:
- Aon: a global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement, and health solutions.
- AXEL: a software company focused on data custody, privacy and security solutions. The company combines patented, blockchain, decentralized and encryption technology in its "AXEL Go" application and affords clients a cyber-resilient way to collect, store, and share files during in-office, hybrid, and remote work situations.
- DFIN: a global risk and compliance solutions company providing domain expertise, enterprise software and data analytics for every stage of a clients’ business and investment lifecycles.
- Joele Frank: a financial communications and investor relations firm providing clients with strategic communications counsel and tactical support across all communications disciplines.
About the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law: Established in 1998, the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has nearly 400 students and offers three juris doctor degree programs: a full-time day program, a part-time day program, and a part-time evening program. The school also offers a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Gaming Law and Regulation and three dual degree programs: the J.D./MBA, J.D./M.S.W., and J.D./Ph.D. It is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Las Vegas Office: Greenberg Traurig’s Las Vegas attorneys counsel clients in appellate, construction, corporate and securities, entertainment, gaming, government law and policy, intellectual property, litigation, and real estate matters.
About Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2200 attorneys 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certified. Web: www.gtlaw.com