General Counsel Series, with Senior VP/GC of Abercrombie & Fitch

November 30, 2016 | 12:10 pm - 1:15 pm | Barrister Club

This event is open to Moritz College of Law students, by invitation only.
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Robert Bostrom, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Abercrombie & Fitch, will speak to students about corporate governance and crisis management, from the perspective of general counsel. He will discuss these issues in the context of his legal leadership of a global retail corporation, as well as his experience as lead counsel for Freddie Mac (the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation) during the financial crisis of 2008, and the subsequent recovery.

Mr. Bostrom is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Abercrombie & Fitch. Mr. Bostrom has global oversight and management responsibility for all legal, compliance, ethics and regulatory strategies, services, and resources, corporate governance matters and the corporate secretary function.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is a global specialty retailer of high-quality, casual apparel for Men, Women and kids under the Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie, and Hollister Co. brands. The company operates stores in the United States and across Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The Company also operates e-commerce websites.

Mr. Bostrom is also a member of the Board of Directors of NeuLion, Inc. which is an internet television technology innovator listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Mr. Bostrom joined Abercrombie & Fitch from Greenberg Traurig where he was Co-Chairman of the Financial Regulatory and Compliance Group and previously was with SNR Denton where he was Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions and Funds Sector.

From February 2006 to July 2011 (during the financial crisis of 2008 and subsequent recovery), Mr. Bostrom was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Freddie Mac. During that time, he played a pivotal role directing Freddie Mac’s legal strategy through the conservatorship, investigations, enforcement actions and litigation. As principal legal counsel, Mr. Bostrom had oversight and management responsibility for all legal and regulatory strategies, services, resources and corporate governance matters. He oversaw Freddie Mac’s response to multiple inquiries and investigations initiated by Congressional committees, the SEC and other Federal regulators, as well as to multiple securities class and derivative actions.

Prior to his work with Freddie Mac, Mr. Bostrom was the managing partner of the New York office of Winston & Strawn LLP, Executive Vice President of Legal, Regulatory and Compliance, and before that, General Counsel of National Westminster Bancorp.

Mr. Bostrom has advised clients on corporate governance, legal, regulatory and compliance affairs, the structuring of compliance and enterprise risk management programs and internal controls, Board of Director and Audit Committee issues, regulatory examinations and strategic planning, He has also advised financial institutions in connection with federal and state supervisory actions and internal investigations involving compliance problems and potential violations of law.

Mr. Bostrom has received numerous recognitions and awards, including being recognized among Washington’s most influential in-house counsel (The National Law Journal 2011), the Distinguished General Counsel Award (the 2016 New York Stock Exchange Governance Series), the General Counsel of the Year Award (International Law Office and the Association of Corporate Counsel, 2015), among others.