Women Corporate Directors – Boston
Monday, June 8, 2020
5:00 – 6:15 PM EDT
Board Lessons: 2008 vs. COVID-19
Today every company is facing significant challenges. The causes are different, but lessons abound from the 2008 market collapse and the demanding environment that followed. What are the insights and war stories from 2008 that can be applied by boards to add value as their companies navigate the impending virus-induced recession?
Litigation is already being filed against boards and public companies regarding their response to COVID-19. What should companies be doing to protect themselves against disputes involving contractual obligations, impacts of force majeure, insurance policy coverage, stock-drops and derivative litigation, employment law, and data privacy? Looking forward, how will concerns over COVID-19 litigation change how businesses operate?
Partners from Latham & Watkins will address these issues and take questions from Women Corporate Director members across the country.
About the Speakers:
Christopher Drewry, a partner and member of Latham’s Corporate Department, advises clients on complex cross-border merger and acquisition transactions and shareholder activism matters. Mr. Drewry regularly advises large multinational corporations, private equity sponsors, financial advisors, and special committees of boards of directors, on public and private M&A, divisional carveout transactions, corporate governance, and activism defense.
Colleen Smith, a partner and member of Latham’s Securities Litigation & Product Liability Practice, is an experienced trial lawyer and Local Chair of the San Diego Litigation & Trial Department. She represents emerging and Fortune 500 companies and their officers and directors in high-stakes complex litigation. Ms. Smith has secured major trial victories for clients facing enterprise-threatening liability, including in the first securities class action to go to trial in over a decade.
Kristen Smith Grannis, a partner and Co-Chair of Latham’s Boston Corporate Department, provides a broad range of transaction-based services for private equity, growth equity, and venture firms, as well as strategic acquirers and sellers across many industries. She is an active member of the Women’s Bar Association (WBA) in Massachusetts, serving as Co-Chair of their Law Firm Advancement Committee, and the Boston Bar Association (BBA), serving as a member of their Business Transactions Committee.