Institute for Law and Economics

Penn Law

Past Events, 2007-2008

Friday, June 6, 2008

ILE / OXFORD ROUNDTABLE, at the University of Oxford, England

Private Equity and Hedge Funds in Europe

Sessions: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

By Invitation

 

Monday, March 31, 2008

LAW AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP LECTURE

Safra Catz, W’83 L’86
President and Chief Financial Officer
Oracle Corporation

Making Every Mistake Once

Lecture:     4:30 to 5:30 PM
Reception: 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Open to the Public

Safra Catz

Safra Catz is President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Oracle Corporation, reporting to Larry Ellison, Oracle’s CEO. In her lecture for ILE, Ms. Catz spoke on how to drive strategic change in a complex, global business.

Ms. Catz has been a member of Oracle’s Board of Directors since October 2001. She serves on Oracle’s Executive Management Committee and is responsible for global operations. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President. Prior to joining Oracle, Ms. Catz was at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, a global investment bank that has since merged with Credit Suisse First Boston, where she was a Managing Director from February 1997 to March 1999, and a Senior Vice President from January 1994 until February 1997.

Ms. Catz is a graduate of the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

Thursday, March 27, 2008

ILE / WHARTON FINANCE SEMINAR

Colin Mayer
Peter Moores Dean and Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies
Said Business School
University of Oxford

Where Do Firms Incorporate: Deregulation and the Cost of Entry

Seminar: 3:00 to 4:30 PM

Colin Mayer

Colin Mayer is Peter Moores Dean of the Saïd Business School, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies and Director of the Oxford Financial Research Centre. Mayer has been at the Saïd Business School since its inception in 1994 and was its first professor. He has built an international reputation within the field of finance, has published widely on corporate finance, taxation and governance, and on the regulation of financial markets. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals and was instrumental in creating the largest and most prestigious networks of economics, law and finance academics in Europe at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). Mayer’s current research is on the relation between financial systems and economic performance, the financing of high technology firms and large investment projects, and the evolution of ownership and control of firms.

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

CHANCERY COURT PROGRAM

The Independent Director’s Most Important Role?: Selecting, Compensating, Overseeing, and Planning For the Succession of the CEO

Chancery Court Program

Discussion: 4:30 to 6:30 PM

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

Panelists:
Robert C. Clark
Harvard Law School
Director: TIAA-CREF and Time Warner

Charles M. Elson
Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance
University of Delaware
Director: Autozone, Inc. and HealthSouth Corporation

V. Janet Hill
Alexander & Associates, Inc.
Director: Sprint Nextel, Wendy’s

Susan M. Stalnecker
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
Director: PPL Corporation

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

CHANCERY COURT PROGRAM

Say On Pay: A Positive Contribution to Corporate Effectiveness and Accountability or an Unprincipled and Costly Incursion into Director Authority?

Chancery Court Program

Debate: 4:30 to 6:30 PM

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

Speakers:
Harvey J. Goldschmid
Dwight Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

Stephen M. Bainbridge
William D. Warren Professor of Law
University of California - Los Angeles School of Law

 

Friday, February 29 & Saturday, March 1, 2008

PENN / NYU LAW AND FINANCE SYMPOSIUM

Penn/NYU Conference

Friday:     9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

By Invitation

View Conference Web Site

 

Friday, December 14, 2007

CORPORATE ROUNDTABLE

Hedge Funds, Private Equity, and Changing Credit Markets

Sessions: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

By Invitation

 

Thursday, November 8, 2007

ILE / WHARTON FINANCE SEMINAR

Bernard Black
Hayden W. Head Regents Chair for Faculty Excellence
Professor of Finance, McCombs School of Business
Co-Director - Center for Law, Business, and Economics
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law

Identifying the Effect of Board Structure on Firm Value:
Event Study, DiD, Firm Fixed Effects, and IV Evidence from Korea

Seminar: 3:00 to 4:30 PM

Bernard Black

Bernard S. Black is Hayden W. Head Regents Chair for Faculty Excellence and Professor of Law at University of Texas Law School, Professor of Finance at UT’s McCombs School of Business, and managing director of the Legal Scholarship Network. Professor Black received his B.A. from Princeton University, M.A. in physics from University of California at Berkeley and J.D. from Stanford Law School. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Patricia M. Wald on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, practiced corporate and securities law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City, and served as Counsel to Commissioner Joseph Grundfest of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Before coming to Texas, he was Professor of Law at Stanford Law School (1998-2004) and Columbia Law School (1988-1998). He has been an advisor on company law, securities law, and corporate governance in Armenia, Brazil, Indonesia, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine, and Vietnam.

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

DISTINGUISHED JURIST LECTURE

Brian Cartwright
General Counsel
Securities and Exchange Commission

The Future of Securities Regulation

Lecture:     4:30 to 5:30 PM
Reception: 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Open to the Public

Brian G. Cartwright

Brian G. Cartwright is the General Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

He began his legal career in 1980 after earning a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Law Review and winner of the Sears Prize. He served as a law clerk to Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Cartwright then joined the law firm of Latham & Watkins in 1982, and became a partner in 1988. Among the management positions he held at Latham & Watkins, Mr. Cartwright served as Global Chair of the firm’s practice representing public companies. While a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, he was one of five partners responsible for the management of the firm as a whole.

Prior to joining the legal profession, Mr. Cartwright was an astrophysicist. Following his graduation from Yale University in 1967, he earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1971. From 1973 to 1977, he was a Research Physicist in the Department of Physics and Space and Sciences Laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley. While working as an astrophysicist, Mr. Cartwright published articles in scholarly journals, such as the Astrophysical Journal.

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

LAW AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP LECTURE

Robert Friedman, L’67
Senior Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer
The Blackstone Group L.P.

Tales from Blackstone’s IPO

Lecture:     4:30 to 5:30 PM
Reception: 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Open to the Public

Robert L. Friedman

Robert Friedman has been with Blackstone since 1999. He has worked primarily in Blackstone’s Private Equity group and has also participated in the work of the Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory group. Since early 2003, he has also been the Chief Legal Officer and quarterbacked Blackstone’s recent IPO. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Friedman had been a partner with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for 25 years, where he was a senior member of that law firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice. At Simpson Thacher, Mr. Friedman advised The Blackstone Group since the firm was founded in 1985. Mr. Friedman graduated from Columbia College and received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.