APRIL 27 - Q1 is Done: What Now Under the Trump Administration?
Los Angeles, CA
A new administration brings with it changes in priorities for the array of parties that scrutinize public and large private companies: the plaintiff’s bar, the SEC and the DOJ to name a few. Reporting requirements can also change, bringing a whole new level of complexity to the job of independent directors. Join us for this lively conversation with two experts from the front lines: Fenwick & West’s senior securities litigation partner Susan Muck and PwC’s Governance Insights Center’s Terry Ward. The conversation will be moderated by Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.’s Priya Huskins, who will be drawing from her perspective as an expert on the topic of D&O liability as well as a board member of public, private and non-profit companies.
Location and Time
The California Club
538 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
11:00 a.m. | Registration and Networking
11:30 a.m. | Lunch and Program
1:15 p.m. | Program End
Priya HuskinsPriya is a recognized expert in D&O liability risk and its mitigation. In addition to consulting on D&O insurance, she counsels clients on corporate governance matters, including ways to reduce their exposure to shareholder lawsuits and regulatory investigations. Priya is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on D&O issues and a regular guest lecturer at Stanford’s Annual Directors’ College, among others. She has authored articles for publications as diverse as Directors & Boards, Stanford Law Review, and Insurance Journal. She is the author of the D&O Notebook blog. In addition to serving as a board member at Woodruff-Sawyer, Priya is on the board of directors of Realty Income Corporation, The Monthly Dividend CompanyÂ®, (NYSE: O), where she serves on the Technology Risk Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, and is chair of the Compensation Committee. She is also on the advisory board of the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance as well as the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX). Priya began her career as a corporate and securities attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), one of Silicon Valley’s leading law firms. At WSGR, Priya worked with public and private companies through all stages of their development, including IPOs, ongoing public reporting and M&A transactions. Priya served as judge for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in Northern California from 2009-2011. A member of the California Bar, Priya earned her undergraduate degree with high honors from Harvard University. She was awarded her juris doctorate with honors from the LawSchool at the University of Chicago, where she was managing editor of the University’s Legal Forum publication. Following law school, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Frank Magill of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Susan MuckSusan Muck has conducted internal investigations into alleged bribery and accounting fraud for multinational corporations, represented companies and individuals in SEC investigations and at trial, and regularly advises boards and management on disclosure and accounting issues, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and other regulatory matters. In addition to her expertise in internal and regulatory investigations, Susan has extensive experience defending shareholder and class actions that often accompany regulatory matters. She won the dismissal of General Electric-InVision in securities litigation arising out of the settlement of FCPA investigations by the DOJ and SEC, a result that was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit, Glazer Capital Management, LP v. Magistri, 549 F.3d 736. She also won the dismissal of a shareholder class action against Immersion arising out of an internal investigation and multi-year restatement, a result that was also affirmed by the Ninth Circuit, Loos v. Immersion Corp., 762 F.3d 880 (9th Cir. 2014). Susan’s representation of the Special Committee of the California MicroDevices Board of Directors resulted in a leading California opinion on the conduct of special litigation committees, Desaigoudar v. Meyercord, 108 Cal. App. 4th 173 (2003). Susan is a Best Lawyers' 2014-15 Lawyer of the Year. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as a Lawyer of the Year. She is also Law360’s Securities MVP for her work with Immersion and Diamond Foods. Susan has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” and “Top Women Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal. She has repeatedly been named one of the top litigators in California by the Daily Journal, The Best Lawyers in America, and Northern California Super Lawyers. In 2013, Fenwick’s Securities Litigation team was named “Securities Litigation Department of the Year” by The Recorder over 20 other California firms. A dedicated member of the legal community, she is a founding member of Women in Securities (WISe), a network for women securities defense litigators.
Terry WardTerry is a partner in PwC's Governance Insights Center, which provides thought leadership, points of view on contemporary governance issues, and training to prominent boards of directors and the governance community. With over 30 years of experience, Terry has served as the lead engagement partner of PwC’s largest global clients including a number in the Fortune 500. Terry's career as engagement partner for PwC has spanned a wide variety of industries most focused on medical device and technology companies. Terry has served as the regional leader of PwC’s pharmaceutical and life sciences industry group as well as the technology industry group while being part of PwC’s San Diego and Minneapolis offices. Terry has been a featured speaker at conferences and forums. He has addressed a variety of topics, including corporate governance, industry business practices, technical accounting topics including revenue recognition and SEC reporting. Terry has also been quoted in the press regarding corporate governance matters and has authored a number of articles on corporate govenance. He is the primary author of PwC’s Audit Committee Excellence Series. Terry is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Saint John's University (Minnesota).