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April 20, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
7:30 – 8:00am – Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:30am – Program
Room 190, Stanford Law School
Silicon Valley companies continue to be the leading target for shareholder activists. Directors of some Silicon Valley companies believe these activists are too short-term focused, while some institutional investors believe the activists create value for all shareholders. One response to the growth of activism has been the adoption by some high-profile tech companies of multi-class stock, as seen in Snap’s recent IPO. Another response to the perceived growth of short-termism in the market has been a movement by several large institutional investors for more independent and diverse boards who will engage more directly with investors and focus more on long-term value creation rather than short-term results. This panel of experts will present arguments on all sides regarding how these corporate governance issues may affect Silicon Valley companies.
|David J. Berger (Moderator)
Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
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|Allison A. Bennington
Partner and General Counsel, ValueAct Capital
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|J. Daniel Plants
Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Voce Capital Management LLC
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|Anita M. Sands
Director, Pure Storage, ServiceNow, and Symantec
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