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Newsletter Vol.1 Issue 2

I am delighted to welcome you to the second annual issue of Corporate Center Minutes, the e-newsletter for the Corporate Law Center at Fordham Law.  Here you will find updates on the Center’s recent events and preview our upcoming calendar.
Fordham Corporate Law Center, established in 2001, is the law school’s nexus for discourse on issues of business and financial law and policy.  The Center’s public lectures bring speakers of national and international renown to the law school. In addition, the Center serves as a think-tank for academic discussion of business and financial law through conferences and policy round-tables.  Finally, the Center serves as a resource for Fordham Law students, connecting them to our distinguished alumni through our Business Law Practitioners Series and mentoring programs.
Corporate Center Minutes highlights the Center’s many achievements and ongoing developments. We hope you will take the time to learn more about us and look forward to welcoming you at our programs.
Sean J. Griffith
Director, Fordham Corporate Law Center
T.J. Maloney Chair of Business Law

Programs for Practitioners

The Center co-sponsored the Gannon Lecture with the Fordham Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, continued our endowed lectures on corporate, securities and financial law, and introduced two new initiatives: the Corporate Compliance Conference and a Forum on “Representation Without Accountability.”

• The Gannon Lecture
Progress in Corporate America: Diversity and Governance, A Personal Perspective
Ellen M. Hancock, GSAS ’67
Former Chair and CEO of Exodus Communications

• 12th Annual A. A. Sommer, Jr. Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law 
The Philosophy and Practice of Disclosure
Commissioner Troy A. Paredes,
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

• 12th Annual Albert A. DeStefano Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law
Hiding Behind the Corporate Veil
James B. Stewart
Pulitzer Prize-winner and author

• Corporate Compliance Conference: 
Managing Practitioner Risks in a Complex Global Environment
Keynote Speaker: Carlo V. di Florio,
Securities and Exchange Commission,
Director, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations

•  Representation Without Accountability
             Sponsored by:
                    Joseph H. Marren ‘79
                    Joan M. Marren ‘81
                    KStone Partners

                       Brian T. Fitzpatrick
                       Joseph H. Marren
                       David Mosso 
                       Hon. David M. Walker

Programs for Academics

The Center’s Murphy conference, considered by many as the best corporate law conference in the U.S., brought together top scholars and preeminent practitioners to discuss, debate and learn about current issues in corporate law.  Four panels were moderated by faculty from Fordham Law School and George Mason University School of Law. The Center was particularly proud to have sponsor Eugene F. Murphy in attendance.

• Eugene P. and Delia S. Murphy Conference on Corporate Law: Emerging Issues in Corporate Governance

Keynote Speaker: Justice Jack B. Jacobs, Supreme Court of Delaware: “Does the New Corporate Shareholder Profile Call for a New Corporate Law Paradigm?”

Martin Gelter (Moderator): “Labor, Pensions, and Comparative Corporate Governance”

Sean J. Griffith & Alexandra D. Lahav (Moderators): “Multi-Jurisdictional Merger Litigation”

Bruce H. Kobayashi (Moderator): “Business Associations and Private Law Making”

Richard Squire (Moderator): “How Collectivized Settlements Camouflage the Costs of Shareholder Lawsuits”

Comparative Corporate Governance Distinguished Lecture Series

Now in its second year, the program invites distinguished international scholars to present current research to Fordham Law faculty, students and alumni. A lively interchange between the audience and the speaker follows the presentation. Following is a list of this past year’s speakers:

Fall 2011

• M & A in Brazil: Legal and Economic Aspects
José Ricardo de Bastos Martins, Peixoto e Cury Avogados (São Paulo, Brazil)

• The Law & Finance of Share Repurchases
Mathias M. Siems, Professor of Commercial Law, Durham University (UK), Research Associate with Centre for Business Research at University of Cambridge (UK)

• Minority Directors in Listed Corporations: A Comparison of U.S. and European Recent Developments
Marco Ventoruzzo, Professor at Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law and Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), Director, Ph.D. in Corporate and Business Law Program, and Vice-Director, Paolo Baffi Research Center

Spring 2012

• Recent Developments in Italian & European Small Business Companies
Michele Perrino, Professor of Commercial and Company Law at the University of Palermo and Senior Partner at Studio Legale Perrino & Associati

• We are the National Champions: Understanding the Mechanisms of State Capitalism in China
Curtis J. Milhaupt, Parker Professor of Comparative Corporate Law and Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law at Columbia Law School

• Microcredit: Money, Morality, and Myth
Shruti Rana, Associate Professor at University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law



Programs for Students

International In-House Counsel Breakfast Forum

The new breakfast series, moderated by Fordham Law Adjunct Professor Kent Bernard, invited in-house counsel of large multinational organizations to talk with students about their in-house practice. Speakers included:

• Sal Colletti ’85, Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer, Inc.

• Anne Nielsen, Vice-President and Associate General Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb

• Dorothy Watson, Vice-President and Legal Head of Alcon Integration, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Regulating Over-the-Counter (OTC) Derivatives

This year’s annual Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law’s symposium examined the new regulations imposed on OTC Derivatives in light of the Dodd-Frank Act. The panel of notable scholars and practitioners examined the efforts of the SEC, CFTC and other regulatory agencies to eliminate bilateral derivatives trading and move derivatives trading onto centralized clearing houses and exchanges.

Keynote Speaker:
Conrad Voldstad, Esq., Immediate Past President, ISDA; Founding Principal, Arlington Hill Investment Management, LLC

Jeffrey Golden, Visiting Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Law
Michael Greenberger, Professor and Director, Center for Health and Homeland Security, University of Maryland School of Law
Sharon Brown-Hruska Ph.D., Vice President, National Economic Research Associates (NERA)
Craig Pirrong Ph.D., Professor and Director, Global Energy Management Institute, The University of Houston
M. Holland West, Partner, Dechert LLP
John Williams, Partner, Allen & Overy LLP

Business Law Practitioners Series Speakers

The Business Law Practitioners Series is an informal lunch-time program for Fordham law students interested in business and business-law. Distinguished alumni share career insights and experiences and students gain an appreciation for the breadth of careers for which their legal education prepares them. The Center thanks Jessica Forbes ’88 for her generosity in sponsoring the Spring 2012 series.

Fall 2011

• Corporate Ethics & Compliance: The Billion Dollar Factor in the Business Equation     
Douglas Lankler, Pfizer, Inc., Senior Vice President,
Chief Compliance Officer

• How to increase your chances of professional success in any economic climate
Michael J. Boccio ’01, President of Boccio & Associates, EVP of Kelowna Mountain Development Corporation

• Law School: A Foundation for Entrepreneurs
Rory J. Cutaia ’85, Corinthian Capital, Executive Director

• Lessons on Applying a Law Degree and Early Legal Practice to a career in Financial Services
Robert G. Leary ’86, ING Insurance U.S., President and Chief Operating Officer (COO)

• Asset Management and the Changing Legal and Regulatory Environment
 Cynthia Lo Bessette ’95, Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC, Deputy General Counsel

Spring 2012

• Role of the General Counsel in large hedge funds
Peter J. O’ Rourke ‘90, Mariner Capital, General Counsel

• A Career in the Formation of Private Investment Funds
Andrew I. Chizzik ‘04, Weil, Gotshal & Mangers LLP, Senior Associate (Private Equity Practice)

• The Business of Law: career opportunities outside legal practice
Rora Tanaka, RORA Client Systems, TyMetrix
Michael Comstock ’05, Mayfair Global Advisors LLC

• Commercial Real Estate After the Great Recession
Thomas D. Kearns ’84, Olshan Grundman Frome Rosenzweig & Wolosky, Partner

 Why it’s important to develop good relationships with one’s regulators
F. Sheldon Prentice ’77, NBT Bancorp, Inc., Corporate Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary




Committee on Diversity in Business Law

Lex aequa omnem civem amplectitur
A just law encompasses every citizen.

The Committee on Diversity in Business Law (CDBL), a newly established student-organized group, encourages students of diverse backgrounds to enroll in advanced business-law courses and consider careers in corporate and financial law. Increasing the presence of minorities studying corporate law is important not only to the Fordham Law community, but to the entire legal community. The CDBL serves as a clearinghouse for students providing mentorships, internships, and job-shadowing opportunities. Eighteen students were matched with mentors from firms that include: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Goldman Sachs, and J.P. Morgan. In addition, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCLoy LLP hosted a shadow-day for committee members. Barbara A. Lane ’80, GE Capital Americas, is the alumna advisor.

If you are interested in learning more about the committee or would like to participate in the mentor program, please visit the Committee on Diversity in Business Law’s webpage or
send an e-mail to

Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law

The Corporate Law Center and the Journal of Corporate & Financial Law work collaboratively on programs including the Journal’s annual symposium, and the Fordham Corporate Law Forum (blog). According to the 2011 rankings released by the Washington and Lee University School of Law, the Journal of Corporate & Financial Law is the #1 ranked student-edited Banking & Finance journal in the United States, and is ranked eighth for Corporations and Associations.

Spotlight: Inaugural S.J.D. Program Candidates

The Doctor of Juridical Science degree augments the Law School's other academic programs by supporting the development of leading legal scholarship. The Corporate Law Center invites you to meet three S.J.D. candidates.

Gal Golod
Gal is from Israel. He holds an LL.M. degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Hertfordshire (St. Albans, U.K.). He previously served as a Foreign Legal Consultant and International Counsel in Chicago and as General Counsel and Executive VP Legal Affairs at Microheat, Inc. in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Gal’s thesis may explore the relationship between venture capital and private equity financing in the current economic environment. Professor Sean J. Griffith is his supervising professor.

Zehra Kavame
Zehra is from Turkey. She holds an LL.M. degree from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Laws degree from Bahcesehir University in Istanbul and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Istanbul University. She was a Research Fellow at the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment in New York and a Finance and Accounting Manager at Arktel Ve Makina San. Ltd. Sti. in Istanbul. Zehra’s thesis may examine the international accounting standards board and the rise of international standard-setting non-state action. Professor Martin Gelter is her supervising professor.

Foteini Teloni
Foteini is from Greece. She holds an LL.M. degree in Banking, Corporate and Finance Law from Fordham University, an LL.M. in Corporate and Commercial Law from National and Kapodistrian University (Athens, Greece) and a Bachelor of Laws from National and Kapodistrian University (Athens, Greece). Foteini was previously an Associate Lawyer, Trainee Lawyer and Legal Intern at Athanasios Telonis in Lamia, Greece. She was also a Trainee Lawyer at Vgenopoulos and Partners in Athens. Foteini’s thesis may study bankruptcy practice, in particular when rehabilitation is not the predominant goal. Professor Richard Squire is her supervising professor.