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5302   Considerations for Directors in Light of Northstar Financial 30 Jul 2:00PM 3:00PM July Thursday 30 2015
Earlier this year, the 9th circuit ruled that directors can be sued directly by shareholders for an alleged breach of fiduciary duty. Ropes & Gray partners Bryan Chegwidden, John Donovan and Rob Skinner analyzed the case and provide practical steps directors can take to limit the impact of the court’s decision.
This webinar was aired live from 2:00 to 3:00 Eastern Time on Thursday, July 30, 2015.
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Thursday, July 30, 2015
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Forum Webinar Series  
This event is closed to the media.
This program is open to all professionals in the fund industry.
Bryan Chegwidden
Ropes & Gray LLP
Bryan, co-leader of the firm's Investment Management Group, represents mutual funds, independent directors and some of the country's largest investment advisers. He also has extensive experience in organizing alternative investment products, including hedge funds, private equity funds and funds-of-funds (both registered and unregistered), and advising clients on cross-border matters, with a particular emphasis on non-U.S. sponsors offering products and services into the U.S. Bryan was the head of the firm's New York office from its founding in 2001 until 2011.
John Donovan
Ropes & Gray LLP
John Donovan, a partner in the Litigation department since 1990, focuses his practice on business litigation, including corporate and securities matters, class actions, disputes in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and other complex business transactions. One of the nation’s premiere litigators, he is an accomplished courtroom advocate and experienced strategist for handling the most difficult, “bet the company” matters. Chambers USA calls him “exceptional,” a “brilliant litigator,” and “one of the best trial lawyers in Massachusetts,” ranks him among less than a half dozen securities litigators in the country labeled “Star Individuals,” and places him in the first band of nationally ranked securities lawyers. His clients include mutual funds complexes, private equity funds, investment banks, and public companies, including their officers and directors. John’s advocacy skills have been demonstrated in a full spectrum of courtroom situations nationwide: injunction proceedings in M&A litigation, dismissal and summary judgment arguments in complex securities, antitrust and commercial cases, bench and jury trials in both commercial cases and even (the rarest of trials) securities class actions. John has also argued dozens of appeals across the nation, in Massachusetts, New York, the Delaware Supreme Court, and the First, Second, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits. Recently, in what the New York Times labeled a “sweeping legal victory,” he secured a jury verdict for Goldman Sachs after a five-week trial that dismissed all claims by the founders of Dragon Systems about Goldman’s role as financial adviser in the sale of that company. And two years ago, he obtained a 9-0 victory in the United States Supreme Court, establishing the mutual fund industry’s standard for challenges to advisory fees.
Rob Skinner
Ropes & Gray LLP
Rob Skinner is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s business and securities litigation practice group, where he represents investment advisers and other financial services firms in securities litigation and other complex business disputes. A recognized industry leader in investment management litigation, Rob has been at the forefront of many of the key challenges facing the mutual fund industry in recent years, including subprime-related losses, excessive fee claims and prospectus liability. In addition to handling active litigation matters, he frequently advises investment managers and other clients in their dealings with state and federal regulators. Rob is a regular speaker and commentator on litigation and risk management issues facing asset managers. He also has substantial experience in litigating major insurance coverage disputes on behalf of insurers, including trial and appellate victories in the 9/11 World Trade Center coverage dispute. In 2014, Rob left the firm briefly to serve as Chief Corporate Counsel on an interim basis at Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (AMG), a leading global asset management company and Ropes & Gray client.
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