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Speaker(s): Alice S. Fisher, An Trotter, Anastasia T Danias, Angela Yoon, Anne T. Madden, Brackett B. Denniston, III, Brad S. Karp, Daniel S. Kahn, Darren Guy, David A. Katz, David P. Burns, Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., Elaine Goldenberg, James Mangan, Jennifer G. Newstead, Jillian E. Charles, Katherine M. Choo, Leo E. Strine, Jr., Margaret Segall, Melissa Arbus Sherry, Melissa Sawyer, Michael W. Leahy, Nelson Jung, Nicole A. Saharsky, Nitin Batra, Rose Battaglia, Sharis Arnold Pozen, Stephanie Avakian, Thomas J. Kim
Recorded on: Sep. 21, 2021
PLI Program #: 307135

Alice Fisher, partner in Latham & Watkins’ Washington, D.C. office and a former member of the firm’s Executive Committee, focuses her practice on global white collar criminal investigations, including a range of government enforcement matters.

Ms. Fisher has particular experience in international criminal matters relating to alleged bribery under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption laws, economic and export sanctions, healthcare fraud, and procurement fraud. Ms. Fisher advises clients on criminal and civil fraud matters, and on managing the legal and compliance risks of operating in a global economy. Her experience includes government enforcement inquiries and investigations in front of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Consumer Fraud Protection Bureau, and the US Congress.

From 2005-2008, Ms. Fisher served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the US DOJ where she led more than 750 attorneys and staff responsible for federal criminal enforcement policy and handled criminal matters in federal courts across the country. Ms. Fisher also chaired the National Procurement Fraud Task Force, supervised the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, and served as a member of the President's Corporate Fraud Task Force.


Melissa Sawyer is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and is co-head of the Firm’s Corporate Governance & Activism Practice. In addition to advising clients on public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, she also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, activism and takeover defense matters. Ms. Sawyer’s experience spans multiple industries, including consumer and retail, industrials, medtech and insurance.

Named 2020 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer, Ms. Sawyer has been repeatedly recognized as a leading M&A adviser. She is ranked by Chambers USA in Corporate/M&A, where clients describe her as “an absolute superstar,” and was named a Client Service All-Star by BTI. She was also named to The Deal’s “Women in M&A: The Powerhouse 20” for shaping the industry with her novel approach to transactions and has been recognized as a Law360 MVP in Food & Beverage, one of Crain’s “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City” and was named “Dealmaker of the Week” by The American Lawyer. Additional accolades include receiving a Burton Award for Legal Achievement and being chosen as an Empire State Counsel Honoree by the New York State Bar Association.

Ms. Sawyer has recently advised: Apollo Education, AT&T, BBA Aviation, CONMED, CPPIB, CSM Bakery, Diageo, DS Smith, FXI, GameStop, Novartis, OTPP, Sotheby’s, Tiffany & Co. and UnitedHealth.

Ms. Sawyer is currently a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Ms. Sawyer has participated in numerous panels for the Practising Law Institute and regularly writes for The M&A LawyerThe Deal Pipeline and LexisNexis.

Recent Publications

·       “An ESG Playbook for Post-Pandemic M&A,” Bloomberg Law (2020)

·       “Fiduciary Duties in the Zone of Insolvency,” Bloomberg Law (2020)

·       “How boards can prepare for post-pandemic activism,” Corporate Secretary (2020)

·       “Dealing with activist directors with an M&A agenda,” Corporate Secretary (2020)

·       “Pain and Glory: M&A in 2019 and What to Expect in 2020,” The M&A Lawyer (2020)

·       “Carve-Out Transactions: Key Seller Considerations,” Practical Law (2019)

·       “Trends in Shareholder Activism,” The Corporate Governance Advisor (2019)

·       “How boards can approach human capital management,” Corporate Secretary (2019)

Education

University of Virginia Law School, J.D. 2000

Washington and Lee University, B.A. 1997


 Anne T. Madden is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Honeywell, where she has global responsibility for the company’s legal, compliance, government relations and health, safety, environmental and sustainability functions.  Anne serves on Honeywell’s senior leadership team and as a Company officer.  

Starting in 2002, Anne became Vice President, Corporate Development and Global Head M&A for Honeywell, leading Honeywell’s acquisition and divestiture activities on a global basis. During her 15-year tenure in that role, Honeywell made about 100 acquisitions representing approximately $15 billion in revenues and divested about 70 businesses representing $9 billion of non-core revenues. Anne joined the former AlliedSignal in June 1996 as General Counsel, Fluorine Products. In December 1996, she became Vice President and General Counsel of Specialty Chemicals. In July 2000, she became Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, responsible for all of the legal affairs for Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group.

Anne received Honeywell’s Premier Achievement Award in 1997 and received Honeywell’s Senior Leadership Award in 2005. She was recognized as a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Magazine in 2011, received the NJ Biz “Best Fifty Women in Business” award in 2012, and was named by Treasury and Risk Magazine as one of the Top Females in Finance in 2012. Anne currently serves as a member of the Investment Committee for Honeywell Ventures, an early stage investment vehicle. Anne is a member of the Association of General Counsel and a member of the Board of The Institute for Legal Reform.

Prior to joining Honeywell, Anne was in private practice at the New York law firm of Shearman & Sterling, focusing on M&A and Corporate Finance. Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Anne was an auditor in the Financial Services Group of KPMG Peat Marwick in New York.

Anne received an A.B. in English and American literature from Brown University, an M.S. in accounting and an M.B.A. in finance from the NYU Stern School of Business, and a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law, where she was Managing Editor of the Law Review.


Anastasia Danias Schmidt is Major League Soccer’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, where she is a key member of the League’s strategic and operational leadership. In addition to serving as a core member of the labor bargaining team, she oversees legal and business affairs, including corporate governance, policy, litigation, expansion, player matters, intellectual property and commercial transactions.

Prior to joining MLS, Danias became the most senior woman in the history of the NFL’s legal department, serving as SVP & Deputy General Counsel and overseeing the League’s most high-profile litigation. She advised on key legislative priorities, and counseled the Commissioner, ownership and senior management on every aspect of the league’s business.

She also launched an in-house pro bono program partnering with the Lawyers’ Alliance of New York, which supported dozens of non-for-profit organizations. In addition, as a member of the Sanctuary for Families Mother’s Council, she organized an annual Thanksgiving celebration for hundreds of families living in transition.

Danias has been honored by Corporate Counsel as one of the 2019 Women, Influence & Power in Law, the Legal500’s GC Power List and Corporate Counsel 100, and the Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40. She has also been featured in publications such as FortuneModern Counsel and Marie Claire.

She is on the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute and has taught sports law as an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School


Angela Yoon is Senior Lead Counsel, Competition & Regulatory at LinkedIn who manages competition issues globally by driving regulatory strategy, antitrust litigation, policy initiatives, and internal counseling. Prior to joining LinkedIn, she practiced antitrust law at WilmerHale, where she represented clients in cross-border criminal and civil investigations by the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and foreign authorities in merger, conduct, and privacy contexts, as well as in litigation involving the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property rights for major tech and telecom companies.


Brackett Denniston, senior counsel in Goodwin’s Litigation Department, advises clients on matters involving corporate governance, complex litigation and regulatory issues. He has extensive senior leadership experience, in both the public and private sectors.

In 2016, Mr. Denniston rejoined Goodwin from General Electric Company, where he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for more than a decade. In this position, he was responsible for leading a global legal, environmental and safety, and government affairs team of more than 3,000 professionals worldwide in matters involving compliance, corporate governance, IP protection, dispute resolution, government affairs, pro bono and diversity. During his time at GE, it was named best legal department by Corporate Counsel magazine and he was named among the most influential lawyers by the National Law Journal. He joined GE in 1996 as Vice President and Senior Counsel of Litigation and Legal Policy.

Prior to his work with GE, Mr. Denniston served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor William F. Weld of Massachusetts from 1993-1996. His public sector work also includes service as Chief of the Major Frauds Unit in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, where he led prosecutions relating to securities and financial fraud, and was awarded the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance for his role overseeing numerous successful prosecutions.

Mr. Denniston was a partner at Goodwin from 1986-1993, and also practiced as an associate at the firm from 1974-1982, where he focused on complex civil litigation, securities matters and white collar crime cases.

Professional Activities

Mr. Denniston is Chair of the Board of Kenyon College, Chair of the Institute for Legal Reform of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Chamber’s board and Executive Committee, and a board member of Transparency International (U.S.), Equal Justice Rights and the Pro Bono Partnership.

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1973 (magna cum laude)

A.B., Kenyon College, 1969 (summa cum laude)


Darren Guy is the Head of Global Operations for AIG’s Office of the General Counsel, maintaining responsibility for all legal, regulatory and compliance department operations, budgeting/finance, technology operations, outside counsel and litigation support management, reporting, data analytics, and project management.

Over his 25 year career in financial services, Darren has achieved increasing levels of responsibility in both law and finance corporate department management, helping companies such as Bear Stearns, Prudential, Voya Financial and S&P Global improve their operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Over the past 14 years, Darren has worked exclusively with corporate legal departments, providing senior management with the advice, applications, and information required to strategically manage global resources and support proactive decision making.


David A. Katz is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City, an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, and co-chair of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Law Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance.  Previously, he was an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School and at the Owen Graduate School of Management.  Mr. Katz is a corporate attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, shareholder activism and complex securities transactions, has been involved in many major domestic and international merger, acquisition and buyout transactions, strategic defense assignments and proxy contests, and has been involved in a number of complex public and private offerings and corporate restructurings.  He frequently counsels boards of directors and board committees on corporate governance matters and crisis management.

Mr. Katz taught Mergers and Acquisitions at New York University School of Law for over 15 years and previously co-taught a joint law and business short course on mergers and acquisitions at Vanderbilt University Law School with Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine.  He is co-chair of the Tulane Corporate Law Institute.

In 2004, he was chosen by The American Lawyer as one of the 45 highest performing members of the private bar under the age of 45; in 2005, 2012 and 2015, he was selected by The American Lawyer as a Dealmaker of the Year; in 2016, he was named by NACD Directorship as one of the 100 most influential players in corporate governance for the seventh time; in 2013 he was named Lawyer of the Year by Global M&A Network; in 2014 and each of the five prior years he was named Who’s Who Legal’s Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year, in 2014 was also named Who’s Who Legal’s Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year and in 2015 and 2016 was named Who’s Who Legal’s Corporate Governance and M&A Lawyer of the Year; and in 2015 he was elected by The American College of Governance Counsel as an Inaugural Class Fellow.

Mr. Katz is a member of the American Bar Association, Section on Business Law, where he founded the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions Task Force on the Dictionary of M&A Terms and a member of the Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions Subcommittee for Acquisitions of Public Companies.  Mr. Katz is also a member of the Federal Securities Laws Committee, the New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  Mr. Katz is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance and the National Association of Corporate Directors.  Mr. Katz serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at New York University and at New York University School of Law.  He sits on the Board of Directors of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and is a member of the Advisory Board at the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He writes a bi-monthly column on corporate governance for the New York Law Journal with his colleague Laura McIntosh.

Mr. Katz is a graduate of Brandeis University and New York University School of Law.


Jennifer G. Newstead has served as Facebook’s Vice President and General Counsel since June 2019. From January 2018 to April 2019, Ms. Newstead served as the Legal Adviser of the United States Department of State. Ms. Newstead previously was a partner in the law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP from July 2006 to January 2018. Earlier in her career, Ms. Newstead served in other senior roles in government, including as General Counsel of the White House Office of Management and Budget, as a Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice, and as an Associate White House Counsel. Ms. Newstead previously served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and for Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington. Ms. Newstead holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.


Katy Choo is Vice President & Chief Counsel, Global Investigations at GE, specializing in government and internal investigations in complex criminal and regulatory matters, compliance initiatives of the Company, and preventive law.  Ms. Choo also is a member of GE’s Policy Compliance Review Board (PCRB), which oversees the Company’s strategic imperatives with respect to compliance.  Ms. Choo also has primary responsibility for counseling GE’s businesses with respect to anti-corruption efforts globally relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery laws and serves as primary compliance counsel to GE’s mergers and acquisitions transactions team.   Ms. Choo has been the recipient of numerous awards at GE, including GE’s Chairman’s Award, the Company’s highest form of recognition.

Ms. Choo joined GE in 2003 after serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she was Chief of the General Crimes Unit and a Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division.  As a federal prosecutor, she specialized in prosecutions of white-collar offenses and twice was a recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance and a recipient of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association’s Group Achievement Award.  During her tenure in government, Ms. Choo tried numerous federal criminal trials to verdict and argued numerous appeals in the Second Circuit.  Prior to her work as a federal prosecutor, she worked as an associate specializing in complex civil litigation at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell.  Ms. Choo is a graduate of Wellesley College (Durant Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa) and Columbia School of Law (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar).


Melissa Arbus Sherry is a member of the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice at Latham & Watkins and the Deputy Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office.  Ms. Sherry has argued 10 cases in the Supreme Court and several cases in the courts of appeals.  She has also filed hundreds of Supreme Court and appellate briefs on a broad range of issues.  She formerly served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, and as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court and Judge Diana Gribbon Motz on the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Ms. Sherry has been recognized by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 in their nationwide appellate categories and, in 2015, Law360 named her as a “Rising Star” in appellate law.


An Trotter is Senior Director of Operations in the Office of General Counsel. In this role her team focuses on streamlined service delivery so that professionals can focus on high value work. She is also a HearstLab Scout. In this capacity she participates in the evaluation of potential HearstLab and LevelUp investments (pre-seed and seed) and advises HearstLab teams.

An is also producer of Ops in a Box, Legal Edition, a magical kit for Legal Ops Professionals seeking to launch their strategic plan, for seasoned operations teams seeking to fine tune existing tools and for small departments that need operations help aids but do not have the budget for a full-time operations professional.

Previously An served in similar positions at Harman and at Viacom. Before Viacom, An was COO for Executive Education at Columbia Business School. For ten years prior Ms. Trotter worked at The Rockefeller Foundation, initially in human capital on the Africa program, and then supporting strategic planning and program implementation in the Office of the Executive Vice President. She began her career at the Institute of International Education as a program manager on the Fulbright, Emerging Market Development Advisors Program, and SACI accounts.

An holds an MBA in Finance and Management and a MA in Performance Studies from New York University (Stern/Tisch) and a BA (honors) from Brown University. She is also an Certified Legal Manager (CLM) and Certified Six Sigma Greenbelt (CSSGB).


Brad Karp has been the Chairman of Paul, Weiss since 2008. One of the country’s leading litigators and corporate advisers, has successfully guided numerous Fortune 100 companies, global financial institutions and other companies and individuals through “bet the company” litigations, regulatory matters, internal investigations, and corporate crises. Prior to being named chairman, Brad chaired the firm’s Litigation Department. Brad has spent his entire career at Paul, Weiss, beginning as a summer associate. 

Brad has received dozens of industry awards and recognitions. Brad has been selected as the “Attorney of the Year” by the New York Law Journal and by Lawdragon, the “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer and by Benchmark Litigation/Euromoney, and one of the most innovative lawyers in the United States by the Financial Times. Brad received the “Special Achievement Award” from the Financial Times in recognition of his legal achievements and leadership of Paul, Weiss. Brad has repeatedly been named by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the most influential people in the boardroom. The New York Law Journal awarded Brad its first-ever Impact Award, in recognition of Brad’s “significant and lasting impact on the legal community in New York.” Brad received the William Nelson Cromwell Award from the New York County Lawyers Association in recognition of his “unselfish service to the profession and the community” and the John J. McCloy Memorial Award from the Fund for Modern Courts for making outstanding contributions to improving the administration of justice in New York state. 

Brad speaks and writes frequently on business litigation, securities litigation and corporate governance. He has spoken at more than 600 conferences and has lectured at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, Columbia Law School, NYU Law School and The Federal Judicial Center. Brad has written more than 600 articles on business litigation and corporate governance issues. For the past 36 years, Brad has written a monthly column for the New York Law Journal, “Second Circuit Review,” which analyzes developments in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Brad is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.  

Brad frequently speaks out and writes about pressing issues of social justice. Brad is also active in the community, serving on more than 30 public interest, educational, cultural and charitable boards. 

Brad is a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School and clerked for The Honorable Irving R. Kaufman, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Daniel S. Kahn is Senior Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section.  In that capacity, Mr. Kahn manages the day-to-day operations of the Fraud Section, and directly oversees all criminal investigations and prosecutions undertaken by the Section.  Prior to becoming Senior Deputy Chief, Mr. Kahn was the Chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Unit of the Fraud Section from March 2016 through July 2019.  Mr. Kahn joined the Fraud Section in 2010 and was an Assistant Chief of the FCPA Unit from 2013 to March 2016.  Mr. Kahn earned the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service for his work on the Alstom case, and the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for his part in prosecuting a bribery scheme involving the state-owned and state-controlled telecommunications company in Haiti.  Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Kahn spent six years at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.  Mr. Kahn was twice selected by the New York Police Department Executive Development Division to present on the prevention of wrongful convictions.  He also assisted the New York Justice Task Force in investigating wrongful convictions.  Mr. Kahn graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University and cum laude from Harvard Law School.


David P. Burns is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson Dunn.  He is co-chair of the firm’s National Security Practice Group, and a member of the White Collar and Investigations and Crisis Management practice groups.  His practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, national security, and regulatory enforcement matters.  Mr. Burns represents corporations and executives in federal, state, and regulatory investigations involving securities and commodities fraud, sanctions and export controls, theft of trade secrets and economic espionage, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, accounting fraud, the FCPA, international and domestic cartel enforcement, health care fraud, government contracting fraud, and the False Claims Act.

Prior to re-joining the firm this year, Mr. Burns served in senior positions in the DOJ in both the Criminal Division and National Security Division.  Most recently, he served as Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, where he led more than 600 federal prosecutors who conducted investigations and prosecutions involving securities fraud, health care fraud, FCPA violations, public corruption, cybercrime, intellectual property theft, money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act violations, child exploitation, international narcotics trafficking, human rights violations, organized and transnational crime, gang violence, and other crimes, as well as matters involving international affairs and sensitive law enforcement techniques.  Prior to joining the Criminal Division, Mr. Burns served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division from September 2018 to December 2020.  In that role, he supervised the Division’s investigations and prosecutions, including counterterrorism, counterintelligence, economic espionage, cyber hacking, FARA, disclosure of classified information, and sanctions and export controls matters.  He also spent five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, Criminal Division, from 2000 to 2005.

Mr. Burns has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading White Collar attorney in the District of Columbia and by Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review as a leading investigations lawyer, deemed “excellent” for his work across “federal, state, and regulatory investigations”.  Who’s Who Legal also recognized Mr. Burns as a leading lawyer in the area of Business Crime Defense.  Mr. Burns graduated in 1995 from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an Articles Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Boston College in 1991.


Elaine Goldenberg focuses her practice on appellate and Supreme Court work and represents a spectrum of clients in appellate litigation across the country.  She has argued 12 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous cases in the federal and state appellate courts.  Before joining the firm, she served for five years as an Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she played a critical role in various significant matters before the Supreme Court and worked on formulating the government’s positions and appellate strategy.  She is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and is a recipient of the DOJ’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement for Handling of Appeals.


Jillian Elizabeth Charles is a strategic risk manager and reliable advisor with expertise in a range of business-critical
areas.

Currently she is lead lawyer for antitrust and anticorruption law and compliance at Honeywell, a global, diversified technology and manufacturing company. In this role, Jillian advises senior executives on successful strategies for managing legal and business risks related to antitrust, corruption, bribery, and other high-impact legal issues confronting a diversified multi-national company Jillian’s practice also covers the full range of competition law issues for Honeywell, including strategic counseling and M&A. She represents Honeywell before domestic and international government agencies and leads a global team of subject matter experts in building and continuously improving a best-in-class FCPA/UKBA compliance program.

Jillian joined Honeywell in 2019, after spending five years in-house at Eaton, an aerospace and power management company located in Cleveland, Ohio. At Eaton, Jillian served as a senior advisor for antitrust/competition law, international trade, and enterprise risk management. She has also served as inhouse competition counsel to the former United Technologies Corp. (now Raytheon Technologies). Jillian has had two tours of duties with the United States Department of Justice in Washington DC, where she served as legal counsel to the Directors of Criminal and Civil Enforcement, and most recently, as an attorney advisor in the Legal Policy Section of the Antitrust Division. In recognition of her extensive antitrust and competition law experience in private practice, with the government, and in-house, Jillian was named to the list of Best Competition Law In-House Counsel by Global Competition Review in 2019.

Jillian is a sought-after speaker in the areas of antitrust, compliance (FCPA/UKBA, Trade Sanctions), Risk Management, leadership, and inclusion & diversity.

Jillian holds a law degree from Cornell Law School (Ithaca, New York) and a bachelor’s degree in political science
from Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts), where she received a Ford-Mellon Fellowship supporting her research in international relations.

She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for her alma mater, Williams College, where she is on the Audit and
Governance Committees. She is an admissions agent for Williams College and in the recent past served as an administrator for a key endowed gift bequeathed to the college.

Jillian resides with her family in Charlotte, NC, where they enjoy the great outdoors, shopping at local farmer’s markets, and doing jigsaw puzzles.


Leo E. Strine, Jr., is of Counsel in the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.  Prior to joining the firm, he was the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court from early 2014 through late 2019.  Before becoming the Chief Justice, he had served on the Delaware Court of Chancery as Chancellor since June 22, 2011, and as a Vice Chancellor since November 9, 1998.

In his judicial positions, Mr. Strine wrote hundreds of opinions in the areas of corporate law, contract law, trusts and estates, criminal law, administrative law, and constitutional law.  Notably, he authored the lead decision in the Delaware Supreme Court case holding that Delaware’s death penalty statute was unconstitutional because it did not require the key findings necessary to impose a death sentence to be made by a unanimous jury.

Mr. Strine holds long-standing teaching positions at Harvard and University of Pennsylvania, where he has and continues to teach diverse classes in corporate law addressing, among other topics, mergers and acquisitions, the role of independent directors, valuation, and corporate law theories.  He is a member of the American Law Institute, and currently serves as an advisor on the project to create a restatement of corporate law.

Mr. Strine also serves as the Michael L. Wachter Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, an advisor to Penn’s Institute for Law & Economics, the Ira M. Millstein Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School and a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Program on Corporate Governance.  From 2006 to 2019, Mr. Strine served as the special judicial consultant to the ABA’s Committee on Corporate Laws.  He also was the special judicial consultant to the ABA’s Committee on Mergers & Acquisitions from 2014 to 2019.

Mr. Strine speaks and writes frequently on the subjects of corporate and public law, and particularly the impact of business on society, and his articles have been published in The University of Chicago Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Stanford Law Review, among others.  On several occasions, his articles were selected as among the Best Corporate and Securities Articles of the year, based on the choices of law professors.

Before becoming a judge in 1998, Strine served as Counsel and Policy Director to Governor Thomas R. Carper, and had also worked as a corporate litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom from 1990 to 1992.  He was law clerk to Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Chief Judge John F. Gerry of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  Mr. Strine graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1988, and was a member of the Order of the Coif.  In 1985, he received his Bachelor’s Degree summa cum laude from the University of Delaware and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Truman Scholar.

In 2000, Governor Carper awarded Mr. Strine the Order of the First State.  In 2002, President David Roselle of the University of Delaware presented him with the University’s Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement.  In 2006, he was selected as a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.  In 2019, he was awarded an honorary degree from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Mr. Strine lives in Hockessin, Delaware with his wife Carrie, who is an occupational therapist at the DuPont Hospital for Children, and his two sons, James and Benjamin.

 


Maggie Segall is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department and a member of the Firm’s Antitrust practice.

Ms. Segall's practice focuses on transactional matters, antitrust regulatory approval, government investigations and general antitrust counseling. She has advised a wide variety of clients in diverse industries, including aerospace and aviation, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, consumer products, media, manufacturing and technology.

Ms. Segall has represented clients on antitrust issues in connection with numerous proposed or completed deals. She represented Time Warner Inc. on regulatory clearance issues in connection with its $109 billion sale to AT&T, including winning the lawsuit filed by the DOJ seeking to block the merger, which culminated in a six-week trial.

Ms. Segall was recognized for her antitrust work by Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States in 2019. Who’s Who Legal has also recommended her for her antitrust work since 2017, including naming her the “Most Highly Regarded Future Leader” in Competition in North America in 2019. Ms. D’Amico was named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List” in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and was listed by the publication as a 2019 “Future Star.” She was also recognized by Super Lawyers for her litigation work from 2015 through 2018. In 2018, she was recognized as one of Law360’s “Rising Stars” in Competition and also received Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 2018 Rising Star Award for “Best in Antitrust/Competition.”

Ms. Segall is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and is a member of the International Bar Association’s, American Bar Association’s and the New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Sections.

Ms. Segall was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her A.B. degree magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2003, where she concentrated in History. She received her J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2008, where she was a member of the Board of Student Advisors and the International Law Journal and the president of Harvard Law School’s wine appreciation society. She joined Cravath in 2008 and became a partner in 2017.


Mike is AIG’s global head of litigation, responsible for AIG’s corporate and insurance coverage litigation matters, as well as significant regulatory enforcement and internal investigation matters. 

Throughout his tenure at AIG, which began in 2003, Mike has managed an array of historically large and complex investigations and disputes, including those arising out of the departure of AIG’s former Chairman and CEO in 2005 and the 2008 financial crisis.  Through Mike and his team’s efforts, AIG has settled two of the largest securities fraud actions ever to be brought against a public company and its current and former officers and directors, resolved multiple high-profile inquires by the SEC, DOJ and other regulators, and negotiated resolutions of many billions of dollars of offensive and defensive disputes through the use of mediation and other ADR initiatives.  More recently, Mike has led an effort to integrate AIG’s management of its insurance coverage disputes into the legal department, and has been heavily engaged on coverage issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioids addiction epidemic and various natural catastrophes, mass torts and shareholder securities and derivative actions. 

Prior to joining AIG, Mike was a litigation associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Manhattan and prior to that, served as a legislative aide to United States Senator, Christopher J. Dodd in Washington, DC.  Mike is a graduate of Bates College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Mike has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Bar Association  Volunteer Lawyers Project since 2019, and is a prior member of the Board of Directors of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.  Mike was also appointed by New York’s Chief Judge to serve on the New York Commercial Division’s Advisory Council and is a member of the Advisory Council’s ADR Committee.   


Mr. Verrilli joined Munger, Tolles & Olson in October 2016, and is the founder of its Washington, D.C. office.  Mr. Verrilli’s practice focuses on Supreme Court and appellate litigation and on representing and counseling clients on multi-dimensional problems, where litigation, regulation and public policy intersect to shape markets and industries in our evolving economy.

Mr. Verrilli served as Solicitor General of the United States from 2011 to 2016.  His landmark victories included his successful advocacy in defense of the Affordable Care Act and for marriage equality.  He also argued important cases involving civil rights, women’s rights and other matters of national importance involving antitrust, copyright, telecommunications, the environment, the First Amendment, the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, the separation of powers, criminal law and other federal constitutional and statutory matters.

Before serving as Solicitor General, Mr. Verrilli served as Deputy White House Counsel, and previously, as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice.  In those positions, he counseled the president and senior government officials on a wide range of legal issues involving national security, economic regulation, domestic policy, and the scope of executive and administrative authority.

He earned his J.D. with honors in 1983 from Columbia Law School, and was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review, and earned his B.A. in 1979 from Yale University.   He clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. for the U.S. Supreme Court from 1984-1985 and Judge J. Skelly Wright for the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit from 1983-1984.


Ms. Avakian leads the firm’s Securities and Financial Services Department in counseling and defending public companies, investment banks, asset management firms, accounting firms, boards of directors and individual executives through the challenges of government investigations.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Avakian served as Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, where she oversaw the Division’s approximately 1,400 professionals and staff. During her four years leading the Division, the SEC brought more than 3,000 enforcement actions, obtained judgments and orders for more than $17 billion in penalties and disgorgement, and returned approximately $3.6 billion to harmed investors. Matters under Ms. Avakian’s direction concerned a wide range of issues including insider trading, financial fraud and disclosure violations, auditor and accounting issues, market structure, asset management, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. She also led the Enforcement Division in confronting novel issues at the forefront of the markets today, such as initial coin offerings, digital assets, and cybersecurity. Throughout her tenure, Ms. Avakian took steps to increase the Division’s efficiency by implementing strategies to decrease the length of investigations, streamline the process for returning money to harmed investors, and expedite the review of whistleblower claims.  Ms. Avakian also worked closely with other leaders at numerous federal, foreign and state agencies including the Department of Justice, CFTC, FINRA, CFPB, UK Financial Conduct Authority, and Office of the New York Attorney General.     

Ms. Avakian’s experience addressing issues faced by financial services institutions and public companies date back to her previous 14-year tenure at WilmerHale. Before leaving the firm for the SEC in 2014, she served as vice chair of WilmerHale’s Securities Department. Throughout her time in various leadership roles, Ms. Avakian has emphasized the importance of diversity and inclusion. Most recently, during her tenure at the SEC, the Enforcement Division increased the number of women and minorities in senior officer positions.

Ms. Avakian began her legal career working in various capacities at the SEC, including as counsel to former Commissioner Paul R. Carey and as a branch chief and staff attorney in the Division of Enforcement. Her experience and understanding of the government’s priorities and processes position her well to guide clients successfully through government investigations.

 


Nelson Jung specialises in EU and UK competition law across a wide range of industry sectors.

Nelson rejoined the firm from the UK's Competition and Markets Authority where he was the Director of Mergers Group. He previously held a number of senior positions at the CMA's predecessor, the Office of Fair Trading, including Director of Competition Enforcement and Head of Mergers.

Nelson is a member of the core leadership team for the firm's Tech Group.


Nicole A. Saharsky is co-head of Mayer Brown's Supreme Court & Appellate Practice. She focuses her practice on briefing and arguing cases in the US Supreme Court and in the federal and state appellate courts and on developing legal strategy for the trial courts and agency proceedings.

Nicole previously served for ten years as an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the United States Department of Justice, where she was responsible for briefing and arguing cases in the US Supreme Court and overseeing government appeals in the federal courts of appeals.

Nicole has argued 30 cases, briefed 46 cases on the merits, and filed hundreds of certiorari-stage briefs and motions in the Supreme Court. Her cases involved a broad range of issues, including criminal law, immigration, securities fraud, intellectual property, labor and employment, bankruptcy, personal jurisdiction, and corporate criminal liability.  Nicole also has substantial experience in the federal courts of appeals. While in the Solicitor General’s office, she regularly reviewed and provided guidance on government appeals. Those cases involved a wide variety of constitutional and statutory questions and spanned all of the federal circuits.

Nicole previously served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General and clerked for Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the Fifth Circuit. She received her law degree summa cum laude from University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as Lead Articles Editor of the Minnesota Law Review. She earned her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.


Nitin Batra is Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for Citi’s global Legal department and serves on the Legal Management Committee. As COO, Nitin manages all aspects of finance, operations, technology and the outside counsel network for the Legal department. He is also responsible for providing strategy, development  and governance oversight for the department’s Global Legal Offices.

Nitin joined Citi in 2013 and has over 20 years of experience in financial services and management and technology consulting. He started his career by co-founding a lease accounting software company, Odessa Technologies. Nitin then spent nearly a decade in various management and technology consulting roles before joining Wachovia and Wells Fargo where he held various leadership positions including the COO / CAO of Global Capital Finance. 


Sharis Pozen is a Partner and is the Co-Head of the Global Antitrust Practice at Clifford Chance.  She has extensive experience in both government and private practice. 

Over the course of her career, Sharis has held senior positions at GE, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and two major law firms based in New York and Washington, D.C.

Sharis is one of the few antitrust practitioners who has served in high-level positions at both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Prior to joining Clifford Chance, she was the Vice President of Global Competition Law and Policy at GE, where she was responsible for merger clearance on numerous significant, transformational deals, steering global antitrust investigations to positive conclusions, antitrust compliance and other related issues.

Sharis has advised clients on a broad spectrum of antitrust issues related to mergers and acquisitions, litigation, criminal investigations and counseling across national and multinational industries, including technology and telecommunications, health care and pharmaceutical, energy, financial services, transportation and agriculture. While serving as acting assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, Sharis led many high-profile matters and worked extensively with leaders of international antitrust authorities. She also oversaw several criminal antitrust matters.

Sharis obtained her JD from Washington University in St. Louis, and her BA in History and Government from Connecticut College. She is admitted as an attorney at law in Missouri and Washington, D.C. 

Sharis has amassed numerous awards and accolades over the years. She is currently ranked in Chambers USA Antitrust (D.C.). Other recent accolades include winning the Chairman's Award by GE in 2016, winning the Inhouse Counsel of the Year award in 2016 by the Association of Corporate Counsel (National Capital Region), and winning the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Washington University School of Law in 2016.

Sharis ”brings a wealth of governmental experience to her antitrust practice, having held positions in both the FTC and DOJ. She provides antitrust compliance advice and manages the merger clearance process, including counseling on multijurisdictional merger investigations. Sources say: ”She is adept at developing game plans that account for all interests.” – Chamber USA Antitrust 2020 (Washington, D.C.)

 


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.


Rose Battaglia is a Managing Director and the Global Chief Operating Officer responsible for Deutsche Bank’s Legal and Regulatory Departments.  She is a member of the Legal ExCo.  Rose is responsible for strategy and budget planning; transformation and integration programs; and outside counsel management.

Previously, Rose was the Global Chief Administrative Officer for Legal and Compliance at Credit Suisse.  Prior to joining the financial services industry, she held a number of positions specializing in the areas of client marketing, staff recruiting, training and development and managing professional support services at Shearman and Sterling, Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Spengler Carlson.

Rose was interviewed by David Barringer and her comments as a “Legal Visionary” were published in Unbound – How Entrepreneurship is Dramatically Transforming Legal Services Today, written by David Galvenski and David Barringer.  Rose is frequently asked to speak at industry forums on the topics of legal and compliance strategy, transformation, cost management and best practices.  She recently moderated the panel, “The New Normal: External Law Firms and Information Security” at the SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society Annual Seminar.  Moreover, Rose was nominated in 2018 for Financial Time’s Intelligent Business Market Shaper Award.

Rose is a graduate from Fordham University where she received an Economics degree.