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Second annual M&A roundtable held in New York City

May 29, 2013 | Events

NEW YORK – Law and Capital Markets @ Ohio State and Kirkland & Ellis LLP held their second annual Mergers & Acquisitions Roundtable this month, covering “The State of Play in Mergers” and “Corporate Governance and Shareholder Activism” in two sessions over May 14-15.

The 2013 M&A Roundtable brought together more than 60 scholars and industry leaders to discuss important mergers and acquisitions and related topics. To facilitate an open and vigorous exchange of ideas, the roundtable was private, and proceedings were off-the-record.

Topics discussed included: higher litigation rates with M&A; increasing M&A shareholder activism; heightened scrutiny from courts and the press; the rapidly evolving world of hedge fund and shareholder activism; and issues associated with shorting, Williams Act reporting, say on pay, and general issues of corporate governance both from a defensive and offensive perspective.

Faculty from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law who participated in the second annual roundtable were Steven M. Davidoff, executive director of the Law and Capital Markets @ Ohio State program; Paul Rose, associate professor of law; and Donald B. Tobin, associate dean for faculty and the Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Designated Professor in Business Law.

“It was a pleasure to once again collaborate with David Fox, his colleagues at Kirkland & Ellis, and my colleagues at Ohio State to bring together thought leaders in M&A work,” Davidoff said. “This is a critical time to address issues confronting the industry. To share insights and ideas with distinguished guests, including chancellors of the Delaware Court of Chancery and Chief Justice Steele, is invaluable.”

About Law and Capital Markets @ Ohio State: This nonpartisan program at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law aims to further the study of global capital markets and corporate law by linking the knowledge of scholars, industry professionals, and policymakers to stimulate new ideas, support research, and foster networks.

About Kirkland & Ellis LLP : Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,600-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex private funds, corporate and tax, restructuring, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, and intellectual property and technology matters. The Firm has offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.