8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Pre-suit Disputes: Advising Your Board of Directors
Heather B. Adams, First Citizens Bank, Raleigh (Moderator)
Michael W. Mitchell, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
Robert W. Shaw, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
When significant litigation is threatened or on the horizon, boards of directors sometimes struggle with their role. What is their fiduciary responsibility to oversee pre-litigation and litigation strategy? When and how do the attorney-client privilege and work-product protection apply? What are best practices in documenting board oversight and delegation of authority when litigation is threatened? What is in-house counsel's obligation to the board of directors in navigating pre-litigation disputes? The panelists provide an overview of the legal framework, best practices, and issues to watch out for in helping the board of directors and senior management address and resolve disputes when litigation is threatened.
10:10 Brave New Deals
Kelly C. McKeon, Holland & Knight LLP, Stamford, CT (Moderator)
Lindsay A. Sheehy, Holland & Knight LLP, Stamford, CT
Shandra N. Stout, Collins Aerospace, Charlotte
Whether your company engages in frequent merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions or is considering a transaction for the first time, M&A calls for close teamwork and collaboration with trusted outside counsel to guide a company through the process. This session discusses current trends in M&A, focusing on a typical acquisition by a strategic buyer, and how in-house lawyers and outside counsel can collaborate to guide transactions effectively and smoothly to closing.
11:20 New World Order at Work
William J. Anthony, Blank Rome LLP, New York, NY
Sidney O. Minter, Advance Auto Parts, Raleigh
Hear in-house and outside counsel discuss implications for employers and the legal department around burgeoning concerns in the workplace, including the transition to remote work and how this impacts everything from career-development concerns to real estate holdings.
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