Institute for Law and Economics

Penn Law

Past Events, 2008-2009

Friday, May 8, 2009


Corporate Roundtable

The New Corporatism

Sessions: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

By Invitation


Thursday, April 2, 2009


Antoinette Schoar
Michael M. Koerner Associate Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance
Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

CEO Careers and Style

Seminar: 3:00 to 4:30 PM

Antoinette Schoar

Antoinette Schoar is the Michael M. Koerner Associate Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An expert in corporate finance, entrepreneurship, and organizational economics, Professor Schoar researches venture capital, entrepreneurial finance, corporate diversification, and governance, and capital budgeting decisions in firms. She has received the Fellowship of the George Stigler Center, ‘97-‘99, and the ERP Doctoral Scholarship of the German Ministry of Trade, ‘95-‘97.


Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Safra Catz

President and Chief Financial Officer
Oracle Corporation

The PeopleSoft Deal

Lecture:     3:00 to 4:00 PM
Reception: 4:00 to 5:00 PM

Open to the public

Safra Catz

Safra Catz has been President of Oracle Corporation since January 2004 and a member of the Board of Directors since October 2001. Previously, Ms. Catz served as Oracle’s Chief Financial Officer from November 2005 to September 2008 and as Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President.

In May 2008, Ms. Catz was also appointed to a three-year term as member of the board of directors for HSBC Holdings plc, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. In August 2008, she was ranked Number 15 on Forbes’ list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.

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


Tuesday, March 3, 2009


The Honorable Michael Nutter
City of Philadelphia

Defining the 21st Century Campus:
The Intersection of Education and Community

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

Open to the Public

Hon. Michael Nutter

The Hon. Michael A. Nutter was sworn-in as the 98th Mayor of Philadelphia on January 7th, 2008. Mayor Nutter is a native Philadelphian with an accomplished career in public service, business and financial administration. He served as a Philadelphia City Councilman for nearly 15 years representing the city’s Fourth District. Before pursuing his career in public service, Mayor Nutter worked as an investment manager at one of the nation’s leading minority-owned investment banking and brokerage firms. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business.


Friday, February 27 & Saturday, February 28, 2009


By Invitation

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Delaware Chancery Program

Shareholder Activism

Sessions: 4:30 to 6:30 PM

Open to the public

Hon. Stephen P. Lamb
Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery
Edward B. Rock
Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Damon Silvers
Associate General Counsel

Marc Weingarten
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP


Thursday, January 8, 2009

with Hebrew University Faculty of Law
in Tel Aviv

Sessions: 2:00 to 7:00 PM

By Invitation


Friday, December 12, 2008


Corporate Roundtable

Sessions: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

By Invitation


Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Hon. Randy J. Holland
Supreme Court of Delaware

Delaware Directors’ Fiduciary Duties: The Focus on Loyalty

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

Open to the Public

Hon. Randy Holland

The Honorable Randy J. Holland presently serves on the Delaware Supreme Court. He is the youngest person to serve on the Delaware Supreme Court, having been recommended to the Governor by a bipartisan merit selection committee. Prior to his appointment and confirmation in 1986, Justice Holland was in private practice as a partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell. In January 1999, he was reappointed and confirmed unanimously for a second twelve-year term.

Justice Holland graduated from Swarthmore College. He also graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude, where he received an award for legal ethics. Justice Holland received a Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia Law School.

Justice Holland is the past national President of the American Inns of Court Foundation. He chaired the national Advisory Committee to the American Judicature Society’s Center for Judicial Ethics. He also chaired the American Bar Association National Joint Committee on Lawyer Regulation. Justice Holland is a member of the American Law Institute. He is an adjunct professor at several law schools. Justice Holland has received numerous awards, including the 1992 Judge of the Year Award from the National Child Support Enforcement Association, the 2002 Alumni Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, the 2003 American Judicature Society’s Herbert Harley Award and the 2007 AIC Christensen Award. In 2004, he was elected to be an Honorary Master of the Bench by Lincoln’s Inn in London. Chief Justices Rehnquist and Roberts appointed Justice Holland as the State Judge Member of the Federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules.

Justice Holland has published several books: Middle Temple Lawyers and the American Revolution, co-author (Thomson-West 2007); The Delaware Constitution: A Reference Guide (Greenwood Press 2002); Delaware Supreme Court: Golden Anniversary (2001), co-editor; and The Delaware Constitution of 1897 - The First One Hundred Years, co-editor. He has also published several law review articles, primarily dealing with judicial ethics and legal history. Justice Holland is co-editor of a law school casebook: Appellate Practice and Procedure (West 2005).


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

DEAL DAY at the University of Pennsylvania

Deal Day

The Recent Acquisition of CNET by CBS

Sessions: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Open to the Public

Jill E. Fisch
Edward B. Rock
Michael L. Wachter
Co-Directors, Institute for Law and Economics
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Morton A. Pierce
Chairman, Mergers and Acquisitions Group
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP

Chang-Do Gong
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP
Michelle B. Rutta
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP

Itay Goldstein
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Gerald Rosenfeld
Rothschild North America


Thursday, September 25, 2008


Mark J. Roe
David Berg Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

Public and Private Enforcement of Securities Laws:
Resource-Based Evidence

Seminar: 3:00 to 4:30 PM

Mark Roe

Mark J. Roe teaches corporate law and corporate bankruptcy at Harvard Law School. He wrote Strong Managers, Weak Owners: The Political Roots of American Corporate Finance (Princeton, 1994), Political Determinants of Corporate Governance (Oxford, 2003), and Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization (2d edition, Foundation Press, 2007). His recent articles include “Legal Origins, Politics, and Modern Stock Markets,” Harvard Law Review 120: 460 (2006), “Regulatory Competition in Making Corporate Law in the United States-And Its Limits,” Oxford Review of Economic Policy 21: 232 (2005), “Delaware’s Politics,” Harvard Law Review 118: 2491 (2005), “The Inevitable Instability of American Corporate Governance,” in Restoring Trust in American Business (American Academy of Arts and Sciences eds.) (MIT Press, 2004), “Delaware’s Competition,” Harvard Law Review 117: 588 (2003), and “Corporate Law’s Limits,” Journal of Legal Studies 31: 233 (2002).


Wednesday, September 17, 2008


William A. Ackman
Managing Member
Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.

Retailers in a Recession:
A Fireside Chat on Investing with Bill Ackman

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

Open to the Public

Bill Ackman

Bill Ackman is the managing member and portfolio manager of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., a concentrated research-intensive fundamental value investor in long and occasionally short investments in the public markets with assets under management of approximately $6 billion. Pershing Square has played an active role in creating value at companies including Wendy’s International, McDonald’s, Ceridian Corporation, and Sears Canada.

Prior to forming Pershing Square, Mr. Ackman co-founded Gotham Partners, L.P., a public and private equity investment partnership. Prior to Gotham Partners, Mr. Ackman began his career in real estate investment banking at Ackman Brothers & Singer, Inc. Mr. Ackman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College magna cum laude and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.