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5:00 – 5:45 pm: Networking reception
5:45 – 7:30 pm: Opening keynote remarks by Chair White, followed by a panel discussion
Paul Brest Hall, Munger Graduate Residences
On March 31, 2016, Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance, in coordination with the SEC’s San Francisco Regional Office, is hosting “The Silicon Valley Initiative: Protecting Investments in Pre-IPO Issuers.” The event will feature prominent SEC and industry speakers and commentators who will discuss key regulatory issues relating to private and pre-IPO companies. The purpose of this outreach event is to encourage dialogue among the SEC, academics, entrepreneurs, executives, company directors and members of the securities bar. In addition to a panel presentation, the event will include a keynote address by SEC Chair Mary Jo White.
The panel will provide diverse perspectives on issues related to pre-IPO ad other private companies, with a focus on the risks in this space and the role of regulators in protecting private investments. Topics will include:
(1) disclosures from pre-IPO companies to investors;
(2) the role of the SEC in protecting early-stage investors from fraud;
(3) potential harm to investors in secondary and derivative markets resulting from inflated pre-IPO share prices; and
(4) governance and control issues affecting pre-IPO and emerging growth issuers.
The panelists are Steven Bochner, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement; Jessica Lessin, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Information; Leonard Stein, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Splunk, Inc.; Paul Vronsky, General Counsel, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; and Joseph Grundfest, Professor, Stanford Law School and Senior Faculty, Rock Center for Corporate Governance (moderator).