Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton is the keynote speaker on the opening day of Tulane University Law School’s 31st annual Corporate Law Institute (CLI) March 14-15 at the Roosevelt Waldorf Astoria Hotel in downtown New Orleans.
Clayton will speak at the CLI Thursday from 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Since being sworn in to his post in May of 2017, Clayton has focused his efforts on making U.S. capital markets more accessible to businesses and investors while securing effective investor protections. He also launched the SEC's Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee to address equity and fixed income market structure issues.He has been particularly vocal about cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, including subjecting them to regulation when they qualify as securities. He has also advocated for growing the number of U.S. companies that are publicly traded.
Tulane’s CLI draws more than 800 leading judges, lawyers, bankers, regulators, and other M&A specialists annually to New Orleans to discuss emerging trends in deal making. The New York Times has called it “the equivalent of Davos for the rainmaker set.”
The two-day corporate law conference will feature panels and guest speakers on topics including global markets, issues of mergers and acquisitions, ethics and professionalism, corporate governance and the media, among others. This year’s distinguished panelists include Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo Strine and former Chief Justice Myron Steele as well as Justice Gary Traynor; and Chancellor Andre Bouchard and Vice Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick of the Delaware Court of Chancery.
Following the CLI, Tulane Law School will host the 3rd annual Tulane Corporate Law Roundtable on Saturday, March 16 which is sponsored through the support of the Sher Garner Endowed Fund for the Advancement of Commercial Law and Tulane’s Murphy Institute. It is organized and hosted by corporate law Professor Ann Lipton, the Michael Fleishman Associate Professor in Business Law and Entrepreneurship. It runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the John Giffen Weinmann Hall, Room 110, 6329 Freret St.
This year, Roundtable panelists will explore issues regarding shareholders’ role in corporate governance, issues of public accountability, and difficulties related to fraud detection and enforcement, among other topics.