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Corporate Governance - A Master Class 2020


Speaker(s): Ann L. Yerger, Catherine Ide, David M. Lynn, Ellen Davis, Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky, Erica Williams, Erin Bass-Goldberg, Hagen J. Ganem, Irv Becker, Karen Wiedemann, Keir D. Gumbs, Lawrence A. Hamermesh, Lillian Brown, Linda E. Rappaport, Marc R. Treviño, Mark Kronforst, Mary A. Francis, Ning Chiu, Rick E. Hansen, Sagar S. Teotia, Steven A. Rosenblum, Tasha Matharu, Thomas J. Kim, Ting S. Chen, Zally Ahmadi
Recorded on: Mar. 6, 2020
PLI Program #: 275312

Lillian Brown is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and is co-chair of the Corporate Governance and Disclosure Group in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. Lily advises clients, including public companies and their boards, on federal securities law compliance and corporate governance matters. She has extensive experience in SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, ESG matters, shareholder proposals, proxy and annual meeting matters, and shareholder activism and engagement. Before joining WilmerHale in 2013, Lily spent nearly 14 years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the Division of Corporation Finance. In her time at the SEC, among other roles, Lily served as Senior Special Counsel to the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance and Special Counsel in the Office of Mergers and Acquisitions.  

 

Lily serves as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association's Federal Regulation of Securities Committee and previously served as Chair of the Committee’s Subcommittee on Proxy Statements and Business Combinations. Lily co-chairs PLI’s Corporate Governance Master Class and PLI’s Directors’ Institute on Corporate Governance. She is also an Advisory Board member for the Securities Regulation Institute and a Fellow in the American College of Governance Counsel. Lily previously served as an elected member on the DC Bar's Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Steering Committee from 2014-2017 and as a member of the NASDAQ Hearings Panel from 2013-2017. She also served as an elected member of the Capitol Hill Day School Board of Trustees in a number of positions from 2011–2020, most recently as Chair from 2017–2020.


Ann Yerger is an advisor to Spencer Stuart’s North American Board Practice, a member of Grant Thornton’s Audit Quality Council and a director of Bed Bath & Beyond and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts.

Her deep background in corporate governance includes 18 months service as executive director of EY’s Center for Board Matters and 20 years at the Council of Institutional Investors in Washington, DC, including a 10-year leadership role as CII’s executive director. Prior to joining CII, Ann was deputy director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center’s corporate governance service, and her previous experience includes corporate banking at Wachovia.

Ann was a member of the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the Investor Advisory Committee of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. She also served on the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, the CFA Institute Advisory Council, the Advisory Board of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, and the US Treasury Department’s Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession.

She is a CFA charter holder.


Catherine Ide is the Vice President, Professional Practice at the Center for Audit Quality, where she leads and advances regulatory and policy strategies that promote the professional practice and audit quality agendas.

Previously, Ide served as Director of Audit at the global law firm of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy. In that role, she helped create the firm’s internal audit and compliance function. While at Fragomen, Ide developed and launched their global practice review audit plan to over 46 offices worldwide. Prior to Fragomen, Ide was in the audit practice at PwC for over 15 years, most recently as a Senior Manager in PwC’s Chief Auditor Network, providing auditing advice and technical guidance on auditing standards, policies, and methodologies at the local engagement level, particularly related to areas of internal and external inspection findings.

Ide is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Virginia, and she holds a BS in accounting with special attainments in commerce from Washington & Lee University.


David M. Lynn is a partner in the Washington, D.C. Office of Morrison & Foerster LLP and is co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Finance | Capital Markets practice. He served as Chief Counsel of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Lynn who provides guidance to companies, underwriters, boards of directors and other market participants on corporate finance matters, corporate governance and best practices for disclosure and compliance. In addition to being a leading authority on securities and governance issues, Mr. Lynn is particularly well known in the area of executive compensation disclosure, having co-authored “The Executive Compensation Disclosure Treatise and Reporting Guide.”

While serving as Chief Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance, Mr. Lynn led the rulemaking team that drafted significant revisions to the SEC's executive compensation and related party disclosure rules. Mr. Lynn re-joined the SEC as Chief Counsel shortly after adoption of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and served in that position until 2007. Mr. Lynn initially served on the SEC staff from 1995-2000 as an Attorney-Advisor and subsequently a Special Counsel in the Division of Corporation Finance. While in private practice from 2000-2003, he advised clients on SEC investigations, securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

Mr. Lynn is co-editor of TheCorporateCounsel.net, The Corporate Counsel, CompensationStandards.com and The Corporate Executive, which are widely read sources on securities, governance, executive compensation and corporate law matters. Mr. Lynn also has served as chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s Annual Institute on Securities Regulation and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society.

Mr. Lynn received his law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he serves as a member of the Board of Visitors, and his undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics and finance from Loyola University Maryland.


Ellen Davis is a Managing Director in the New York office and co-chairs the Firm’s litigation practice. She advises c-suite executives and boards of directors on a range of issues including, litigation and regulatory matters, government and internal investigations, crisis communication, media relations and management changes. Ellen also advises individual clients on sensitive reputational matters.

Recent engagements include:

A healthcare company sued for violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback statute;

A major media organization sued for gender pay discrimination;

The special committee of a board of directors conducting an investigation into Title VII allegations against the company’s CEO;

A technology company subject to an SEC enforcement action and related settlement;

An international pharmaceutical company sued for violations of both federal and state laws; and

A public company charged with FCPA violations.

Prior to joining SVC, Ellen served as Counsel and Chief Public Information Officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  She was the spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney and the 230 attorneys who represent the federal government and its agencies in criminal and civil litigation in the Southern District.

Previously, Ellen was an award-winning Supervising Producer at ABC News in the Law & Justice Unit, where she worked for nearly a decade.  In that capacity, she planned and oversaw the coverage of domestic and international legal stories for the Network.

Ellen also worked as an attorney at the law firm, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld in Washington, D.C., and as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Legislative Affairs and in the White House Counsel’s Office.

Ellen holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. degree in communications from Boston University where she graduated summa cum laude.


Erica Williams is a partner in the Government, Regulatory & Investigations Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Erica focuses her practice on internal investigations and defense  of companies and individuals accused by the government of involvement in securities law violations, white collar crime and other major business litigation disputes and crises.

Erica was previously a Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama, where she advised the president and his senior advisors on legal and constitutional issues involving economic policy, financial regulation and reform, financial technology, trade, intellectual property and data protection and privacy.

Before that, Erica spent 11 years at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for three chairmen. In this role, Erica managed legal and operational functions of the SEC. Earlier in her career, Erica served as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement Trial Unit where she investigated and litigated numerous complex, high-profile, matters arising out of the 2008 financial crisis, including several cases against large Wall Street banks. Erica also led a number of successful prosecutions in cases involving insider trading, market manipulation, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and financial reporting.


Erin Bass-Goldberg is a Managing Director in the New York Office of FW Cook. She joined the firm in 1998 and is located in Philadelphia. Her client assignments have been with both public and private companies in various industries. Erin’s consulting engagements focus on development of executive compensation strategy, design of annual and long-term incentive programs, and transaction-related executive compensation issues.

Erin serves as the independent advisor to Compensation Committees. She is an author and contributor to the firm’s technical papers and studies and is a speaker on executive compensation issues.

Previously, Erin was employed as an executive compensation consultant with The Hay Group and as an auditor and structured finance consultant with Arthur Andersen. She is a graduate of Lafayette College (BA, business and economics) and Columbia Business School (MBA, with concentration in finance and management).

 


Hagen Ganem is a Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate governance, general corporate and securities matters, and mergers and acquisitions.  Mr. Ganem focuses primarily on SEC compliance and corporate governance issues, including advice on SEC disclosure and registration questions, annual meetings and proxy statements, responding to shareholder proposals and interacting with shareholders and other stakeholders.  He also advises clients on wide array of other securities regulation, stock exchange and corporate governance issues, trends and best practices.

Prior to joining Skadden in 2012, Mr. Ganem served as an attorney adviser in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, where he handled the legal review of Securities Act and Exchange Act filings, including IPO and business combination registration statements, proxy and information statements, and periodic and current reports. He also served as a member of the Division’s Rule 14a-8 Shareholder Proposal Taskforce, where he was responsible for considering and recommending the disposition of no-action requests seeking to exclude shareholder proposals.


Marc Treviño is the head of Sullivan & Cromwell’s corporate governance practice and the managing partner of its executive compensation group.  He joined the Firm in 1993 after graduating from Yale Law School (J.D., 1993) and summa cum laude from Princeton University (A.B., 1990).

Mr. Treviño has been recognized as a leader in structuring and counseling senior executives and boards in significant matters involving reputation, overlapping regulatory regimes, fiduciary conflicts and multiple jurisdictions, with a particular emphasis on matters involving financial institutions.  Mr. Treviño teaches Corporate Crisis Management at the Yale Law School and is a co-author of The Public Company Deskbook (The Practising Law Institute), which has been hailed as “the bible for securities lawyers” by Fortune.

Mr. Treviño also lectures and writes extensively, and is often quoted with respect to corporate governance and compensation matters, including for the American Bar Association, Bank Directors Magazine, The Corporate Counsel, The Corporate Governance Advisor, and Wall Street Journal.  He is also on the Advisory Board for the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance.

 


Mary A. Francis is corporate secretary and chief governance officer for Chevron Corporation, a position she has held since 2015. She provides advice and counsel to the Board of Directors and senior management on corporate governance matters, manages the company’s corporate governance function and serves on the Law Function Executive Committee. She also serves as secretary to the Board, the Executive Committee, and the Board Nominating and Governance Committee.

Previously Francis served as Chevron’s deputy corporate secretary since 2014. Prior positions include: 2012, chief corporate counsel, Corporation Law Department; 2009, general counsel, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company; 2007, managing counsel, Chevron Pipe Line Company and Chevron Shipping Company; 2005, lead senior counsel, Chevron Shipping Company.

Francis is chair of the board of directors of the Chevron Employees Political Action Committee. She is on the board of directors of the Council of Institutional Investors. She also serves on the governing board of the San Francisco Symphony; on the board of directors of the American Heart Association, Greater Bay Area; on the board of trustees of the William and Mary Law School Foundation; and on the advisory board of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance. She is a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel.

Francis joined Chevron in 2002 as senior trademark counsel in the Corporation Law Department. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Mount Holyoke College in 1986, a Juris Doctor degree from the College of William and Mary in 1990, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2006.


Ms. Rappaport is Of Counsel at Shearman & Sterling LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York, having been a partner at the firm for over 30 years. As a lawyer, she focuses on executive compensation and corporate governance. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of The New School. Her not-for-profit activities have also included membership on the boards of the Legal Aid Society, the New York Women’s Foundation, and Wesleyan University.


Rick E. Hansen is Assistant General Counsel--Corporate, Securities, and Finance--and Corporate Secretary at General Motors Company (Detroit, MI).  Rick joined GM in March 2016.  Prior to joining GM, Rick served as Assistant Corporate Secretary and Managing Counsel at Chevron Corporation (San Ramon, CA) and, before that, Senior Corporate Counsel at Amazon.com, Inc. and Coinstar, Inc. (Seattle, WA).  Before moving in-house, he was an associate in the Corporate Finance group at Perkins Coie LLP (Seattle, WA).  Rick holds a Master of Laws (L.L.M, 2012), with distinction, in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center and a Juris Doctor (J.D., 2000), summa cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Corporate Governance (f/k/a Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals).    


Sagar Teotia is currently the Chief Accountant for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  In this role, Mr. Teotia leads the dedicated staff in the Commission’s Office of the Chief Accountant.   Mr. Teotia also serves as the principal advisor to the SEC on accounting and auditing matters.  Additionally, Mr. Teotia consults with registrants, auditors, and other industry representatives, and is responsible for assisting the Commission with discharging its oversight of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). 

Prior to joining the SEC, Mr. Teotia was a Partner at Deloitte in the National Office, where he frequently consulted on accounting issues in a number of areas including financial instruments, business combinations, and compensation matters.

Earlier, Mr. Teotia served as a professional accounting fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant where his responsibilities included providing conclusions on complex accounting issues and actively monitoring current standard setting projects.

Mr. Teotia received a B.S. in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is licensed to practice as a certified public accountant in Illinois. 


Steven A. Rosenblum has been a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz since 1989 and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Department.  He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, takeover defense, corporate governance, shareholder and hedge fund activism, proxy fights, joint ventures and securities law.  Mr. Rosenblum has been recognized by Chambers Global as one of the world’s leading transactional lawyers and by Lawdragon as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America.  He has been selected several times, including in 2019, as a BTI Client Service All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group for his level of dedication and commitment to exceptional client service.

Mr. Rosenblum’s recent significant representations include: Nielsen in the spinoff of its Connect business; Edgewell Personal Care in its acquisition of Harry’s; Envision Healthcare in its sale to KKR; General Motors in its proxy contest with Greenlight Capital; Verizon in its acquisition of Yahoo’s core businesses; Michael Dell in Mr. Dell’s and Silver Lake’s buyout of Dell, Inc. (for which Mr. Rosenblum was named Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer), in Dell’s acquisition of EMC, and in Dell’s Class V stock exchange that took Dell public again; Visa in its acquisition of Visa Europe; Target in the sale of its pharmacy business to CVS; Smucker’s in its acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands; Energizer in the spinoff of its household products business; Verizon in its acquisition of Vodafone’s 45% interest in Verizon Wireless; tw telecom in its sale to Level 3 Communications; Cracker Barrel in its four consecutive proxy fight victories over Biglari Holdings; PPG Industries in the spinoff and sale of its specialty chemicals business to Georgia Gulf, and in the sale of its joint venture interest in Transitions Optical to Essilor; the board of General Motors in the repurchase of its common stock from the United States Treasury; Ralcorp in its takeover defense and subsequent sale to ConAgra; and Duke Energy in its merger with Progress Energy.  He has also previously represented AT&T in a number of transactions, including the acquisitions of McCaw Cellular, Teleport, TCI and Media One, the IPOs and spinoffs of Lucent and AT&T Wireless, and the sales of AT&T Broadband to Comcast and AT&T to SBC, as well as representing AT&T Wireless in its investment from NTT DoCoMo and its sale to Cingular.

Mr. Rosenblum received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1982 and his B.A. from Harvard College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1978.  Prior to joining the firm, he was a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph L. Tauro, United States District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts.

Mr. Rosenblum is a member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Governance Counsel, and the Board of Advisors of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law. He writes and participates in panels and programs on a number of topics and has served as co-chair of the Annual Federal Securities Institute in Miami since 2005.


Ting S. Chen is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department. Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and activism and takeover defense.

Ms. Chen’s clients have included Avon, BDT Capital Partners, British American Tobacco, DHT, DreamWorks Animation, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, IBM, Illumina, InterMune, JPMorgan Chase, Kraft, Lundbeck, OneBeacon Insurance, Pitney Bowes, Qualcomm, Starbucks, The Washington Post, White Mountains Insurance and Zale Corporation.

Ms. Chen has been recognized for her work in mergers and acquisitions by The Legal 500 and IFLR1000. In 2019, she was included in Crain’s New York Business’s list of “Notable Women in Law.” In 2017 and 2018, Ms. Chen was named a “Next Generation Lawyer” in the media and entertainment arena by The Legal 500. In 2015, Ms. Chen was named a “Rising Star” by Law360, recognizing her as one of eight outstanding merger and acquisition lawyers in the nation under the age of 40.

Ms. Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She received an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2003, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2006. Ms. Chen joined Cravath in 2006 and became a partner in 2014.


Karen C. Wiedemann is Associate Counsel to the Chief Auditor of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. She previously served as an Attorney Fellow in the Division of Corporation Finance, Office of Small Business Policy, of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Before joining the SEC, she was a partner in the London office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP with a practice focused on private equity and U.S. securities law. Ms. Wiedemann received a B.A., cum laude, from Yale College and a J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where she served on the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.


Keir Gumbs is the Chief Legal Officer of Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., where he oversees the legal, compliance and physical security teams. Prior to joining Broadridge, Keir served as Deputy General Counsel and Deputy Corporate Secretary of Uber Technologies, Inc., where he oversaw Payments, M&A, Finance, Real Estate and Commercial Transactions, Corporate Governance, Marketing, ESG, Capital Markets and related matters.

Before Uber, Keir was a Partner for nearly a decade at Covington & Burling, where he represented a cross-section of constituencies in securities and governance matters, including companies ranging in size from Fortune 50 companies to venture-backed firms, as well as public pension funds, hedge funds, faith-based investors and trade associations.

Keir’s career includes six years of service with the SEC, where, immediately prior to joining Covington & Burling in 2005, he served as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Roel C. Campos. In that position, Keir advised the Commissioner on a variety of matters arising under federal securities law with an emphasis on corporate finance issues under the Securities Act of 1933, issuer reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, corporate governance developments and SEC enforcement actions. Prior to serving as Counsel to Commissioner Campos, Keir spent five years as a staff attorney and later a Special Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance.

Honors and Rankings

  • America's Leading Business Lawyers, Securities: Regulation: Advisory, Chambers
  • Most Influential Black Lawyers, Savoy Magazine
  • Who’s Who Legal, Corporate, M&A and Governance
  • "D.C. Rising Star”, National Law Journal
  • DC Super Lawyers, Securities & Corporate Finance
  • "Trailblazers Under 40", National Bar Association (2014)
  • Selected as one of the "People to Watch" in the National Association of Corporate Directors 2011 and 2012 “Directorship 100”

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance
  • Fellow, American College of Governance Professionals
  • Society of Corporate Governance Professionals
  • Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association


Mr. Becker is a Senior Client Partner and Vice Chairman in the Executive Pay & Governance business, based in the firm’s New York office.

Mr. Becker partners with boards and senior executives to create sustainable organizations, enhancing the effectiveness of the board/CEO relationship. He works with groups to design and develop reward programs, aligning executive efforts and results with the success of the company.

Mr. Becker’s financial background provides a grounded perspective on performance measurement and management. Since 2008, Mr. Becker has been included on the Directorship 100, a list published by Directorship magazine recognizing the most influential people who shape agendas and corporate governance issues in boardrooms across America.

Mr. Becker has worked with major public and private corporations across multiple industries. His clients range the spectrum from Fortune 50 companies to pre-IPO start-ups. He has worked with companies involved with initial public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, as well as helped organizations develop new reward philosophies and approaches to support a major change in business direction.

Mr. Becker is a frequent speaker on executive compensation topics and has been quoted in numerous notable publications. He is the co-author/editor of the book: Understanding Executive Compensation & Governance: A Practical Guide (Third Edition).

Mr. Becker received his masters of business administration in finance from Columbia Business School and has a bachelors of business administration in accounting from the University of Massachusetts. He is a licensed CPA in New York State.


Ning advises companies and their boards of directors on corporate governance, securities regulation and emerging trends. For over 20 years, she has advised companies of all stages and sizes on a range of matters involving their boards, including on matters of director independence, board and committee composition and structure, board policies and practices, board evaluations and succession planning, securities regulation, proxy disclosure, listing standards, stakeholder relations, shareholder proposals, shareholder engagement, shareholder activism in all forms, proxy advisory services and ESG matters.  

She counsels clients on emerging trends and developments and responding to evolving best practices. Ning is a frequent speaker and author on governance issues and is active in the corporate governance community. 

 


Professor Hamermesh is a graduate of Haverford College (1973) and Yale Law School (1976). He practiced law with Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, in Wilmington, Delaware from 1976 to 1994.

Prof. Hamermesh is a member and former chair of the Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association (responsible for the annual review and modernization of the Delaware General Corporation Law). From January 2010 to June 2011, he served as senior special counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. (advising the Staff of the Commission on matters of state corporate law).

Prof. Hamermesh was the Reporter for the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section (responsible for the drafting and revision of the Model Business Corporation Act) from 2013 to 2020, and from 2001 to 2007 was an elected member of the Committee.  In 2002 and 2003 he also served as Reporter for the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Corporate Responsibility.

Recent publications include: A Babe in the Woods: An Essay on Kirby Lumber and the Evolution of Corporate Law, 45 Del. J. Corp. L. 125 (2020); Finding the Right Balance in Appraisal Litigation: Deal Price, Deal Process, and Synergies, 73 Bus. Law. 961 (Fall 2018) (with Michael Wachter); The Importance of Being Dismissive: The Efficiency Role of Pleading Stage Evaluation of Shareholder Litigation, 42 J. Corp. L. 597 (2017) (with Michael Wachter); A Most Adequate Response to Excessive Shareholder Litigation, 45 Hofstra L. Rev. 147 (2016); Director Nominations, 39 Del. J. Corp. L. 117 (2014); and Loyalty’s Core Demand: The Defining Role of Good Faith in Corporation Law, 98 Geo. L. J. 629 (2010) (with Leo E. Strine, Jr., R. Franklin Balotti, and Jeffrey M. Gorris).


Tasha has been at S&P Global for five years.  As Chief Corporate Counsel & Corporate Secretary she supports the S&P Global Board of Directors and provides advice on corporate governance, securities and disclosure matters.  She leads the Corporate Legal team responsible for advising on corporate legal matters, including privacy, M&A, IP, compensation, vendor agreements and international corporate matters.

Prior to joining S&P Global, Tasha was a senior associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP where her practice area focused on compensation and benefits (including related securities, regulatory and tax issues) with some employment law and mergers and acquisitions experience. Tasha has represented a wide range of U.S. and international public and private companies, executives and management teams, and compensation committees and boards.

While at Shearman & Sterling LLP, Tasha was seconded to Morgan Stanley for 10 months, where she counseled and partnered with senior officers in management, HR, strategy & execution, finance and tax on complex executive compensation matters on a global and firmwide basis.

Tasha received her BA from University of California, Berkeley and her JD from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.


Thomas J. Kim is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where he is a member of the firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Practice Group.  Mr. Kim focuses his practice on a broad range of SEC disclosure and regulatory matters, including capital raising and tender offer transactions and shareholder activist situations, as well as corporate governance and compliance issues.  He also advises clients on SEC enforcement investigations involving disclosure, registration and auditor independence issues.  

Mr. Kim has extensive experience handling regulatory matters for companies with the SEC, including obtaining no-action and exemptive relief, interpretive guidance and waivers, and responding to disclosures and financial statement reviews by the Division of Corporation Finance.

Mr. Kim served at the SEC for six years as the Chief Counsel and Associate Director of the Division of Corporation Finance, and for one year as Counsel to the Chairman.  As Chief Counsel, Mr. Kim was responsible for the Division’s no-action, interpretive and exemptive positions.  He also led several rulemaking initiatives including eliminating the prohibition on general solicitation in Rule 506 and Rule 144A offerings, the concept release on the U.S. proxy system, and the interpretive release on the use of company websites.

Before joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Kim was a partner with Sidley Austin LLP.  Prior to his tenure at the SEC, Mr. Kim served as Corporate and Securities Counsel for General Electric. 

Mr. Kim has been recognized by Chambers USA in the Securities Regulation: Advisory category since 2015.  He is also recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal, and the NACD Directorship 100 and is a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel.  Mr. Kim is the Chair of the Northwestern Pritzker Law School’s Annual Securities Regulation Institute.  He also chairs the ABA’s Securities Law Opinions Subcommittee of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee.  As a past member of the ABA’s Committee on Corporate Laws, he edited two editions of the ABA’s Corporate Director’s Guidebook.

Mr. Kim earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale College.


Mark is a partner in EY’s Assurance Professional Practice Group in Washington, DC where he specializes in matters pertaining to SEC rules and regulations related to financial reporting.  He provides advice on these matters to EY’s engagement teams and clients and is responsible for developing the firm’s technical publications and providing feedback to the SEC on rulemaking proposals.   

Mark joined EY in 2018 after serving 14 years on the staff of the SEC in the Division of Corporation Finance.  Mark was the Chief Accountant of the division from 2013 until his departure. Between 2010 and 2013, he served as an Associate Director supervising the division’s filing review program.  Mark spent the earlier part of his career with the SEC in various management and staff positions within the division’s Office of Chief Accountant and the filing review program. Before joining the SEC, Mark was the Director of Financial Reporting for a large public company and an audit senior manager at a global accounting firm.

Mark earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the District of Columbia and Minnesota and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Zally Ahmadi is SVP, Corporate Governance, ESG & Executive Compensation for D.F. King. Zally oversees the strategic advisory team; she advises clients on topics such as institutional investor/proxy advisory firm voting policies and investor outreach strategy, best practice and trends regarding corporate governance and executive compensation structure and disclosure, and both quantitative and qualitative aspects of executive compensation programs.