SOURCE: Forum for Corporate Directors

Forum for Corporate Directors

October 28, 2009 16:11 ET

Chief Justice Myron Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court to Participate in a Mergers & Acquisitions Roundtable Hosted by the Forum for Corporate Directors and University of California, Irvine

Chief Justice Steele and a Panel of Six Highly-Respected Legal Experts Will Address the Current Business Challenges and Opportunities for M&A Transactions, Distressed Company Sales, Shareholder Access Initiatives and Corporate Governance Trends

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - October 28, 2009) - The Forum for Corporate Directors is joining with University of California, Irvine's prestigious Paul Merage School of Business and the recently founded UCI School of Law to host an M&A Roundtable on Nov. 11, 2009, during which Chief Justice Myron Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court will discuss in a roundtable format issues of concern to board members, senior management and their advisors as they evaluate M&A opportunities. Legal experts from six leading Southern California law firms, who have collectively handled hundreds of notable M&A transactions, will participate with Chief Justice Steele in the roundtable discussion.

According to John Della Grotta, chairman of FCD and a partner at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, in the current economic and regulatory environment, it is particularly important to anticipate a variety of issues related to M&A transactions including: 1) the current standards of review, 2) whether these standards of review change in a distressed company sale, 3) whether Federal trends toward shareholder democracy will have an impact on the interpretation of Delaware law in this area, and 4) how to ensure that the independent committee of the board of directors is truly independent.

"Chief Justice Steele is among the most influential and respected thought-leaders in the country on corporate legal matters and governance issues. His participation, along with the six other legal experts we have assembled for this panel, creates a rare opportunity for the Orange County business community to hear first-hand about strategies for navigating successfully through M&A transactions in today's marketplace," Della Grotta said.

"Our goal is to give our audience a front row view into recent Delaware Court decisions and, at the same time, provide practical advice on deal points which are affected by these decisions. We expect to address these strategic issues in the same way that advisors would evaluate and make recommendations about a transaction to the executives and financial team and the board at an acquiring company or a target company in an acquisition setting," he said.

The following six law firms are sponsors of the roundtable and are also providing one of their senior M&A experts to participate in the discussion with Chief Justice Steele:

--  Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - James J. Moloney
--  Latham & Watkins LLP - R. Scott Shean
--  O'Melveny & Myers LLP - Gary Singer
--  Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP - Peter J. Tennyson
--  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP - Brian J. McCarthy
--  Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth LLP - Michael Mulroy

FCD is particularly pleased to have the UCI School of Law join with it and the Paul Merage School of Business in hosting the M&A Roundtable, which will take place from 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, California. The UCI School of Law enrolled its inaugural class in August 2009 and is the first new public law school in California in more than 40 years.

Chief Justice Steele also will deliver a keynote address which is entitled: "Corporate Governance -- A View From the Top" at the FCD Directors' Institute, a two-day conference to be held on Nov. 10 - 11, 2009, also at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, California. This annual FCD conference, now in its sixth year, provides ISS Risk Metrics-certified director education, highlighting a best practice approach to corporate governance, as well as providing an update on anticipated legislative and regulatory reforms and how they are likely to change decision making in the boardroom. Panelists for the numerous sessions to be held during the two-day conference include C-Level executives from over 20 Southern California public and private companies as well as partners from several national accounting and law firms.

In addition, Richard Koppes, of counsel with Jones Day in San Francisco, will deliver a luncheon address entitled: "Trends in Corporate Governance -- What Will the Future Bring?" at the Directors' Institute on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Koppes was formerly the deputy executive officer and general counsel of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

For more information about the M&A Roundtable with Chief Justice Myron Steele as well as the 6th Annual Directors' Institute and to register for these events, please visit the Forum for Corporate Directors website at

About the Forum for Corporate Directors

Founded in 1991, the Forum for Corporate Directors is a non-profit organization established to help directors, C-Level executives and others who support boards set the highest standards in corporate governance through peer relationships, education and thought leadership. FCD members include many of Southern California's top business and corporate leaders. In addition, corporate members include Abbott Medical Optics; Alacer Corp.; Conexant Systems, Inc.; California State University Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business & Economics; DDI Corp.; Emulex Corporation;; MFLEX; Microsemi Corporation; National Technical Systems; Powerwave Technologies; QLogic Corporation; Quality Systems Inc.; RealtyTrac, Inc.; Resources Global Professionals; SRS Labs; and The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine.

About the Paul Merage School of Business

The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine offers four dynamic MBA programs delivering its thematic approach to business education: sustainable growth through strategic innovation, and leadership taught through in-class and on-site experiences with real-world business problems. Six Centers of Excellence and an Executive Education program enhance students' and graduates' opportunities for independent study and updates to their professional expertise. Since the advent of MBA ranking in 1997, the school has consistently ranked in the top 10% of all accredited schools globally, and the Merage School faculty is ranked in the top 3-5% worldwide. The Financial Times ranked the Executive MBA program 11th in the United States in 2007 and #1 in Southern California. For more information on the Paul Merage School of Business, please visit the web site at

About the UCI School of Law

UCI School of Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. The law school's inaugural class -- which has a median grade point average and LSAT scores comparable to those of classes at top 20 law schools -- is supported by three-year, full-tuition scholarships. Recruited from top schools, the founding law faculty has been ranked in the top 10 in a recent study. Seven new faculty members joined the law school in July 2009, bringing the number of faculty to 22 and the student-faculty ratio to better than 3:1, which is the best in the country. The law school's innovative curriculum stresses hands-on, interdisciplinary study and public service. So far, the school is approaching $30 million in private donations.

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