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A conference on ESG 

In memory of Millstein Center Founder and 
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Senior Partner 

Ira M. Millstein (1926 - 2024)

This was a hybrid event.

Location
William and June Warren Hall, Room L107, 1125 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY, 10027

Over a few short years, “ESG” has gone from a good-governance nostrum to a hotly contested element of the US political landscape. This conference brought together insights from the legal academy, the practitioner community, the regulators, and the various institutions involved in shareholder voting, will offer a unique perspective on current ESG questions.

First: the US and EU have gone down quite different ESG paths. How so and why so? Second: the SEC’s “final” climate change disclosure rule is now under attack from various sides. What is the state of play? And irrespective of a litigation outcome, how will companies, especially multinationals, accommodate the diverse disclosure requirements of California, the SEC, the EU, and international standard setters like the ISSB? Third: in response to client and political pressures, asset managers have been working out systems of “pass-through voting” on various ESG-inflected proposals. How will these systems work and will they function as a meaningful channel for shareholder preferences? 

The conference featured introductory remarks by Jim Millstein (Co-Chairman, Guggenheim Securities, LLC) and a conversation with Erik Gerding (Director, Division of Corporation Finance, US Securities and Exchange Commission), moderated by Eric Talley (Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, Columbia Law School). 

 

For inquiries, contact, Susanne Ridley at Columbia University (sr4030@columbia.edu)

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Co-sponsored by Columbia Law School’s Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in collaboration with Broadridge and communications partner ECGI.

 

Programme

Wednesday, 24 June 2024 | 08:30 - 14:30 EDT
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Registration and Breakfast

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Welcome Remarks

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Break

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Break

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Break

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Reception

Speakers

Merritt Fox

Arthur Levitt Professor of Law
Columbia Law School
Research Member

Jeffrey Gordon

Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law and Co-Director, Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership
Columbia Law School
Fellow, Research Member

Eric Talley

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law
Columbia Law School
Research Member

John Coffee

Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law
Columbia Law School
Fellow, Research Member

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In Memoriam

 

As the Founding Chair of The Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School and an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School, Mr. Millstein’s dedication to Columbia University and academia generally was unwavering. In addition to his roles at Columbia University, he was also formerly the Senior Associate Dean for Corporate Governance and the Theodore Nierenberg Adjunct Professor of Corporate Governance at the Yale School of Management; Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law; and Fellow of the Faculty of Government at Harvard University's J.F.K. School of Government.

Organised by

Jeffrey
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Gordon
Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law and Co-Director, Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership
Columbia Law School
Eric Talley
Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

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