Institute for Law and Economics

Penn Law

Past Events, 2004-2005

Friday, May 13, 2005

DEAL DAY in New York City

Sessions: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

By Invitation

 

Friday, April 15, 2005

CORPORATE ROUNDTABLE

Sessions: 9:00 AM to 4 :00 PM

By Invitation

 

Thursday, April 7, 2005

LAW AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP LECTURE

Joseph Gatto
Managing Director
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

A Swing of the Pendulum: 20 Years in M&A

Lecture: 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Reception: 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Open to the Public

Joseph D. Gatto

Joseph Gatto is Chairman of Consumer Products Banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co. During his tenure at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Gatto has played a leadership role in the development of the Firm’s practice in consumer products and mergers and acquisitions. Highlights of Mr. Gatto’s career include:

  • Associate in Goldman Sachs Mergers and Acquisitions Department.
  • Founding member of Goldman Sachs Corporate Reorganizations and Workout Group in 1987.
  • Appointed Head of Strategic Development Group (“SDG”) in 1991. SDG organized to provide strategic advisory services to major clients in selected industries including health care, technology, packaging and forest products and consumer products.
  • Elected General Partner of Goldman Sachs in 1994.
  • Appointed Head of the Consumer Products Industry practice. In recent years, Mr. Gatto has worked closely with the world’s major consumer products companies and has advised on many significant industry transactions including Unilever’s acquisition of Bestfoods, the merger of RJ Reynolds and Brown & Williamson, Seagram’s sale of Tropicana to Pepsi, Cadbury’s acquisition of Dr. Pepper/7-Up, the sale of Dial Corporation to Henkel, Kellogg’s acquisition of Keebler and the sale of Chef America to Nestle.
  • Chairman of Global Consumer Products Banking in 2003.

Mr. Gatto is a graduate of the Pingry School, received a BA Degree (magna cum laude) from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School and a JD (cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Corporate Law and Securities Regulation. Mr. Gatto is a member of The Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and The Board of Trustees of the Brunswick School (Greenwich, CT). He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, the Institute for Law and Economics, the Wharton Directors’ Institute and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law. He is an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich. He is a frequent lecturer and instructor on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance at many conferences including the World Economic Forum, the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Institute for Law and Economics, the Wharton Directors’ Institute, and the Practicing Law Institute. He is a member of the New York Bar.

He and his wife, Susan, have four children, Philip, Catherine, Elizabeth and Peter. They reside in Greenwich, Connecticut.

 

Thursday, March 31, 2005

ILE / WHARTON FINANCE SEMINAR

Lucian Bebchuk
Professor of Law, Economics, and Finance
Director, Program on Corporate Governance, Harvard Law School

What Matters in Corporate Governance?

Seminar: 3:00 to 4:30 PM

 

Thursday, March 3, 2005

DISTINGUISHED JURIST LECTURE

Hon. Myron T. Steele
Chief Justice
Delaware Supreme Court

Corporate Federalism: Event Horizons in Corporate Governance

Lecture: 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Reception: 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Open to the Public

Hon. Myron Steele

The Honorable Myron T. Steele is the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court and a member of the Corporate and Business Litigation Committee of the Business Section and a member of the Judicial Section of the American Bar Association. He is a former Vice Chancellor of the Court of Chancery in Delaware, Resident Judge of Superior Court, Deputy Attorney General, Senate (Delaware) Attorney and Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Board. He has also served as former outside counsel, Board Member and Chairman of the Central Delaware Health Care Corporation. He has presided over major corporate litigation, LLC and limited partner governance disputes and writes frequently on issues of corporate document interpretation and corporate governance. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (the first member of the Delaware Judiciary selected) and a former litigation partner in Prickett, Jones & Elliott of Wilmington and Dover, Delaware.

As Vice Chancellor and Superior Court Judge, representative trials over which he has presided include the Viacom/Universal Studio dispute over ownership of the USA Television Networks, Painewebber v. Centocor an internal governance dispute in a nationally traded limited partnership, CFLP v. Cantor, et al., a dispute seeking injunctive and contractual remedies between limited partners and a general partner in a closed partnership and the DuPont v. Admiral environmental insurance coverage litigation. Justice Steele has published over 300 opinions disposing of disputes among members of limited liability companies, and limited partnerships, and between shareholders and management of both publicly traded and closed corporations. He served on active duty in the US. Army and retired as a Colonel in the Delaware Army National Guard after serving as a Command and Staff Judge Advocate and Inspector General. He graduated from the University of Virginia, B.A. Foreign Affairs and the University of Virginia’s School of Law (1970). He is currently a candidate for the LL.M at the University of Virginia’s School of Law (2004).

 

Friday, December 10, 2004

CORPORATE ROUNDTABLE

Sessions: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

By Invitation

 

Tuesday, December 7, 2004

CHANCERY COURT PROGRAM

Controlling Stockholders

Panel Discussion: 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Moderators
Hon. Leo E. Strine, Jr.
Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery
Michael B. Wachter
William B. Johnson Professor of Law and Economics
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Panelists:
Joel Friedlander
Bouchard Margules & Friedlander, P.A.
Mark Gordon
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
Victor L. Lewkow
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
Bruce L. Silverstein
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

 

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

CHANCERY COURT PROGRAM

Valuation

Panel Discussion: 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Moderators
Hon. Leo E. Strine, Jr.
Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery
Michael B. Wachter
William B. Johnson Professor of Law and Economics
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Panelists:
Thomas J. Allingham II
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
David G. Clarke
President, The Griffing Group, Inc.
Robert W. Holthausen
Nomura Securities Company Professor of Accounting and Finance
The Wharton School

Michael A. Weidinger
Morris, James, Hitchens & Williams LLP

 

Thursday, November 11, 2004

ILE / WHARTON FINANCE SEMINAR

Paul A. Gompers
Professor of Business Administration
Graduate School of Business Administration
Harvard University

Venture Capital Investment Cycles: The Role of Experience and Specialization

Seminar: 3:00 to 4:30 PM

 

Thursday, October 28, 2004

DISTINGUISHED JURIST LECTURE

Hon. E. Norman Veasey
Chief Justice
Delaware Supreme Court
, 1992 – 2004

A Twelve-Year Retrospective on Delaware Corporate Jurisprudence and Governance Issues

Lecture: 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Reception: 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Open to the Public

Hon. E. Norman Veasey

The Honorable E. Norman Veasey spoke on his experiences at the helm of the Delaware Supreme Court, 1992-2004, sharing his insights about the Delaware judiciary’s significant role in shaping corporate law. This was a special ILE event, designed to honor an individual who served so prominently as the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court during a critical period in the evolution of corporate law in the United States.

During Mr. Veasey’s tenure as Chief Justice, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranked Delaware’s courts first in the nation for three consecutive years for their fair, reasonable and efficient litigation environment. Chief Justice Veasey has also been credited with leading nationwide programs to restore professionalism to the practice of law and adopt best practices in the running of America’s courts. He was awarded the Order of the First State by Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner, the state’s highest honor for meritorious service.

E. Norman Veasey earned his LL.B. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1957. From 1957 until he took office as Chief Justice in 1992, Mr. Veasey practiced law with the Wilmington, Delaware, law firm of Richards, Layton and Finger, where he concentrated on business law, corporate transactions, litigation, and counseling. He served at various times as managing partner and the chief executive officer of the firm.

Chief Justice Veasey has served as Chief Deputy Attorney General of the State of Delaware and President of the Delaware State Bar Association. He was also Chair of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association from 1994 to 1995, and from 1992 to 1993 was the editor of Volume 48 of The Business Lawyer, the section’s scholarly legal journal. He also served as President of the Conference of Chief Justices in 2000 and Chair of the ABA Special Committee on the Evaluation of the Rules of Professional Conduct (Ethics 2000).

Hon. E. Norman Veasey

Chief Justice Veasey is a longtime friend of the Institute for Law and Economics, serving as a member of ILE’s Board of Advisors and as a frequent speaker and commentator for ILE programs.

Currently, E. Norman Veasey is a senior partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, serving as a strategic advisor to the firm’s roster of prominent global clients on a wide range of issues related to mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and litigation. Additionally, he advises on corporate governance issues involving the responsibilities of corporate directors in complex financial transactions and crisis management.