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HLS Corporate Faculty Excels in SSRN’s 2013 Citation Rankings

Posted by Scott Hirst, co-editor, HLS Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, on Tuesday January 21, 2014 at 9:16 am
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Statistics released by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) indicate that, as of the end of 2013, Harvard Law School professors and senior fellows associated with the Program on Corporate Governance featured prominently on SSRN’s law author rankings. These professors and fellows captured ten of the top 100 slots among the top 100 law authors in all legal areas in terms of citations to their work. No corporate faculty group at any other law school comes even close to this level of citation prominence.

As in previous years, Professor Lucian Bebchuk was ranked first among all law school professors (a post about Professor Bebchuk’s ranking is available here and his papers are available on his SSRN page here). In addition, nine other professors and senior fellows associated with the Program on Corporate Governance are included among SSRN’s 2013 top 100 law authors:

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Bebchuk Leads SSRN’s 2013 Citation Rankings

Posted by Kobi Kastiel, Co-editor, HLS Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, on Monday January 13, 2014 at 9:25 am
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Statistics released publicly by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) indicate that, as was the case for each of the six preceding years, Professor Lucian Bebchuk led SSRN citation rankings at the end of 2013. As of the end of December 2013, Bebchuk ranked first among all law school professors in all fields both in terms of the total number of citations to his work and in terms of the total number of downloads of his work on SSRN.

Bebchuk’s papers (available on his SSRN page here) have attracted a total of more than 4,000 citations. His top ten papers in terms of citations are as follows:

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Poll Ranks Harvard First in Strength of Business Law Faculty

Posted by Kobi Kastiel, Co-editor, HLS Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, on Thursday December 12, 2013 at 9:18 am
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A new poll, conducted by Brian Leitter of the University of Chicago Law School, and published here, identifies the top business law faculties. Harvard Law School was ranked first, coming ahead of second-place Columbia Law School by a large margin. The poll ranks faculties in terms of their strength in the business law areas, including antitrust, bankruptcy, commercial law, contracts, corporate law and finance, and securities regulation.

The HLS business law faculty listed by the poll’s conductors are Lucian Bebchuk, Robert C. Clark, John Coates, Einer Elhauge, Allen Ferrell, Jesse Fried, Louis Kaplow, Reinier Kraakmann, J. Mark Ramseyer, Mark J. Roe, Holger Spamann, Kathryn Spier, and Guhan Subramanian.

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Harvard Convenes the Roundtable on Executive Compensation

Posted by June Rhee, Co-editor, HLS Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, on Tuesday July 2, 2013 at 9:20 am
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The Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance and the Harvard Law School Program on Institutional Investors convened its Roundtable on Executive Compensation last Thursday, June 27. This event brought together for a roundtable discussion prominent representatives of the investor, issuer, advisor, and academic communities. Participants in the event, and the topics of discussion, are set out below.

The Roundtable, which was co-organized by Lucian Bebchuk, Stephen Davis, and Scott Hirst, was sponsored by the CFA Institute and Pearl Meyer & Partners. In addition to the CFA Institute and Pearl Meyer & Partners, other sponsors were EMC Corporation, Equilar, Frederic W. Cook & Co., JPMorgan Chase, PepsiCo, Prudential Financial, Quest Diagnostics and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals.

The first session of the Roundtable on Executive Compensation focused on issues relating to engagement between issuers and shareholders regarding pay arrangements. Among the issues discussed were issuer disclosure of pay arrangements, review by proxy advisors, and communications between issuers and investors.

The second session of the Roundtable on Executive Compensation focused on the terms of pay arrangements. Among the issues discussed were pay levels, the use of peer group data in determining pay levels, how pay should be measured and assessed, and the link between pay and long-term performance.

The participants in the Roundtable on Executive Compensation included:

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Harvard Convenes the M&A Roundtable

Posted by Lucian Bebchuk, Stephen Davis, and Scott Hirst, Harvard Law School, on Tuesday May 28, 2013 at 9:31 am
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The Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance convened its Mergers & Acquisitions Roundtable last Wednesday, May 22. The M&A Roundtable brought leading experts in the M&A field from the judiciary, legal practice, the academy, investment banking, proxy advising and soliciting, and the investor community. The topics of discussion and participants in the event are set out below.

The morning session of the M&A Roundtable focused on issues concerning acquisitions, both friendly and hostile. Among the issues discussed were management buyouts and private equity buyouts; deal-protection terms and go-shop provisions; the proliferation of M&A litigation; forum shopping and forum selection and arbitration clauses; reform of Section 13(d); and poison pills and other takeover defenses.

The afternoon session of the M&A Roundtable focused on hedge fund activism and shareholder activism more generally. Among the issues discussed were compensation for dissident directors, proxy advisors, universal ballots, and the short-term and long-term effects of shareholder activism.

The participants in the M&A Roundtable included:

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Harvard Convenes the Institutional Investors Roundtable

Posted by Lucian Bebchuk, Stephen Davis, and Scott Hirst, Harvard Law School, on Tuesday January 29, 2013 at 10:00 am
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The Harvard Institutional Investor Roundtable convened last Thursday, January 24. This event brought together for a roundtable discussion the top governance officers of leading public pension funds, mutual funds, and other institutional investors, both from the US and from abroad. The institutions represented hold assets under management in excess of $14 trillion. Some academics, issuers, and advisers joined the proceedings to inform the discussion. Participants in the event, and the topics of discussion, are set out below.

The Roundtable is an event of the Harvard Institutional Investor Forum, directed by Lucian Bebchuk and operated by the Harvard Law School Program on Institutional Investors and Program on Corporate Governance. The Forum’s Advisory Board consists of representatives of institutional investors, including Jay Chaudhuri, Michelle Edkins, Jonathan Feigelson, Gavin Grant, Joyce Haboucha, Suzanne Hopgood, Andrew Letts, Michael McCauley, Meredith Miller, Manish Mital, Peter H. Mixon, Brandon Rees, Paul Schneider, Greg Smith, Alison Tarditi and Harlan Zimmerman.

The Roundtable, which was co-organized by Lucian Bebchuk, Stephen Davis, and Scott Hirst, was supported by American Express Company, Berman DeValerio, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Deloitte LLP, EMC Corporation, Innisfree, Pfizer Inc., Prudential Financial Inc., The Coca Cola Company and UnitedHealth Group.

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The Most Influential People in Corporate Governance

Posted by Scott Hirst, co-editor, HLS Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, on Tuesday October 30, 2012 at 9:11 am
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Each year, the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Directorship magazine publishes the Directorship 100 list, which seeks to identify “the most influential people in the boardroom community, including directors, corporate governance experts, journalists, regulators, academics and counselors.” A review of this year’s list indicates that, as in prior years, individuals affiliated with Harvard Law School and its Program on Corporate Governance play a central role in the corporate governance landscape.

This year’s Directorship 100 list includes 39 individuals who are Harvard Law School faculty or fellows, guest contributors to the Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, and/or Harvard Law School alumni. The “Harvard 39” (with graduation year in parenthesis for those who are HLS alumni) are as follows:

The full Directorship 100 list is available here.

Harvard Law School Corporate Faculty Contribute Five Most-Cited Law Review Articles

Posted by Scott Hirst, co-editor, HLS Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, on Thursday June 7, 2012 at 9:44 am
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Five articles on corporate law subjects by Harvard Law School faculty appear in the list of the most-cited law review articles (in all legal fields) just published in a study on the subject by Fred R. Shapiro and Michelle Pearse in the Michigan Law Review. The study is available here.

This study updates two classic earlier studies from 1985 and 1996 by Fred Shapiro, and uses new research tools and databases to create accurate lists. The study includes two lists: A list of the 100 most-cited articles of all time, and a list of the 100 most-cited articles from the last twenty years, consisting of a list of the five most-cited articles for each year.

An examination of these two lists indicates that there are five articles on corporate law topics authored or coauthored by Harvard Law School faculty:

Harvard M&A Roundtable Meets to Discuss the State of Delaware Corporate Law

Posted by Scott Hirst, co-editor, HLS Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, on Tuesday May 15, 2012 at 9:24 am
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The Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance hosted a meeting of the M&A roundtable last Thursday, May 10. The M&A Roundtable, which is supported by the Corporation Service Company, brought together many of the country’s leading M&A experts and practitioners. Participants in the Roundtable engaged in a discussion with Chancellor Leo Strine of the Delaware Court of Chancery (who is also a Senior Fellow of the Program on Corporate Governance) on the state of Delaware corporate law.

Among the issues discussed were confidentiality provisions and their effect on mergers and acquisitions in light of the decision in Martin Marietta Materials v. Vulcan Materials; dual-class share structures and director accountability; go-shop provisions and deal protection devices; process issues in approving mergers and appropriate remedies; the use of poison pills following Airgas v. Air Products; and trends in shareholder litigation, including multiple forum issues and the fragmentation of shareholder litigation. The participants in the M&A Roundtable included:

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Allison Bennington Joins PCG’s Advisory Board

Posted by Scott Hirst, co-editor, HLS Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, on Thursday March 15, 2012 at 8:25 am
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The Forum is pleased to announce that Allison A. Bennington, General Counsel and a Partner of ValueAct Capital, joined the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance.

She joins the existing members of the Board: William Ackman, Peter Atkins, Joseph Bachelder, Richard Breeden, Richard Climan, Isaac Corré, John Finley, Stephen Fraidin, Byron S. Georgiou, Larry Hamdan, Robert Mendelsohn, David Millstone, Theodore Mirvis, James Morphy, Toby Myerson, Eileen Nugent, Paul Rowe, and Rodman Ward.

Prior to joining ValueAct Capital in April 2004, Mrs. Bennington was the General Counsel of Atriax, Ltd. (“Atriax”), a joint venture of Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Citibank and Reuters that was formed to establish a global foreign exchange internet trading market. Prior to joining Atriax, Mrs. Bennington was a Managing Director of Robertson Stephens, a full service investment bank, where she ran the Legal Department. Mrs. Bennington was previously a Partner in the London office of Brobeck Hale and Dorr International, where she specialized in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. Mrs. Bennington is a director of Seitel, Inc. She has a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

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