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Corporate Governance Roundtable: The Role of the Board of Directors in the 21st Century


13 September 2013

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This Roundtable will cover a range of topical corporate governance issues regarding the contemporary role of the board of directors. Leading international and Australian speakers will discuss issues including the extent to which directors can, and should, be involved in managerial strategy; the relationship between the board and board committees; the extent to which the board can delegate, and can rely on the advice of others; information management by boards; how boards manage hostile M&A transactions; boards and stakeholders;executive pay; board diversity; and regulatory issues.

International speakers include;
-Professor Edward Rock, University of Pennsylvania Law School
-Professor Sarah Worthington, University of Cambridge
- Ron Barusch, Visiting Lecturer, Sydney Law School
- Richard Nolan, Professor, University of York / 2013 McWilliam Visiting Professor of Commercial Law

Draft Program*

9.00 - 9.05am

WELCOME TO THE ROUNDTABLE

Professor Joellen Riley, Dean, Sydney Law School

9.05 - 9.15am

INTRODUCTION: RE-EVALUATING THE ROLE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Jennifer Hill, Professor of Corporate Law, Sydney Law School

9.15 - 10.15am

BOARDS AND STAKEHOLDERS

ADAPTING TO THE NEW SHAREHOLDER-CENTRIC REALITY: IMPLICATIONS FOR DIRECTORS
Edward B. Rock, Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law, University of Pennsylvania,
Commentator: John Stumbles, Professor of Finance Law, Sydney Law School

Chair: Dr Olivia Dixon,Sydney Law School

10.15 - 10.45am

Morning Tea

10.45 - 12.00noon

PANEL DISCUSSION: THE IMPACT OF MODERN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE ON THE ROLE AND STRUCTURE OF THE BOARD

(Topics include: independent directors; committees; delegation to management; role of the chairman)

The panel will comprise of:

Robert Austin, Senior Legal Consultant, Minter Ellison; Challis Lecturer in Corporate Law, Sydney Law School.

Alan Cameron AO, Company Director and Consultant, Ashurst Australia.

Richard Warburton AO LVO, Chairman of Westfield Retail Trust, Magellan Flagship Fund and Citigroup Pty Ltd.

Richard Nolan, Professor, University of York / 2013 McWilliam Visiting Professor of Commercial Law

Chair: Jennifer Hill, Professor of Corporate Law, Sydney Law School

12.00 - 1.00pm

HOW DO BOARDS OF TARGET COMPANIES MANAGE HOSTILE M&A TRANSACTIONS - AN AUSTRALIAN/US COMPARISON
Ron Barusch, Visiting Lecturer, Sydney Law School; Wall Street Journal columnist; former partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
David Friedlander, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Chair:Penelope Crossley, Sydney Law School

1.00 - 2.00pm

Lunch

2.00 - 3.15pm

HOT CORPORATE GOVERNANCE ISSUES FOR BOARDS

(a)Executive Pay - "The Impact of the Two Strikes Rule"
Alan Cameron AO, Company Director and Consultant, Ashurst Australia
Commentator:Jennifer Hill, Professor of Corporate Law, Sydney Law School

(b)Board Diversity - "The Impact of Women in the Boardroom"
Renée Adams, Professor of Finance, Commonwealth Bank Chair, Australian School of Business, UNSW

Commentator: Helen Conway, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Chair: Fady Aoun, Sydney Law School

3.15 - 3.45pm

Afternoon Tea

3.45pm - 4.50 pm

REGULATION AND THE BOARD: PREVENTION AND ENFORCEMENT
ENFORCING THE BOARD'S RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE COMPANY

Sarah Worthington, Downing Professor of the Laws of England, University of Cambridge
Commentators:
Michael Kingston, Chief Legal Officer, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
Charles Littrell, Executive General Manager, Policy, Research and Statistics, Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA).

Chair:Matthew Conaglen, Professor of Equity and Trusts, Sydney Law School.

4.50 - 5.00pm

CLOSING REMARKS

Jennifer Hill, Professor of Corporate Law, Sydney Law School

5.00pm

Drinks (featuring jazz by Jackson Harrison)

* Program subject to change

Cost

Full registration $350 inc GST

Alumni registration $280 inc GST

SLS student registration $245 inc

Special Offer: All registrations include a ticket to the 2013 Distinguished Speakers Program lecture by Professor Edward Rock at 6pm on Thursday 12 September.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this seminar is equal to5 MCLE/CPD unit.


Time: 9am - 5pm (Registration from 8.30am)

Location: New Law School Building (F10), Eastern Ave University of Sydney

Contact: PLaCE Coordinator

Phone: 02 9351 0429

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