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Jobs Act, Spin-Offs and Restructuring: Focus of Corporate and Securities Law Institute

CHICAGO --- Shedding light on the JOBS Act, enforcement and litigation updates, and spin-offs and restructurings are among the key topics to be covered during the 32nd Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute to be held Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4, at Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Thorne Auditorium.

Led by top corporate law practitioners, this year’s institute includes perspectives from board members, in-house and private-practice attorneys, and regulators about the ever-changing developments in the current legal regulatory environment. 

Meredith B. Cross, director of the division of corporation finance at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), along with Shelley E. Parratt, deputy director, and three senior counsel members, will participate in a conversation at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 3, discussing the new JOBS Act, which was signed into law this month. 

The panel “Spin-Offs and Restructurings” will be held at noon Friday, May 4 and will address how to seek greater shareholder value and how to respond to activists and hostile offers.

The always-popular Delaware Mock Trial held at 9 a.m. Friday, May 4, will feature J. Travis Laster, vice chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery. Two leading litigators, David C. McBride and Kenneth J. Nachbar, will argue a hypothetical case in which the limits of the banker roles and deal protection provisions will be tested, as inspired by recent cases including Del Monte, El Paso and Compellent Technologies. 

“This Institute has grown to be the Midwest’s most important gathering of influential leaders in the field of corporate and securities law,” said R. Scott Falk, P.C., 2012 institute chair and partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP. “The opportunity to engage with regulators, judges and experienced practitioners who are on the front lines of cutting-edge issues makes for a truly unique educational experience.” 

Other issues that will be addressed at the Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute include dealing with investors and proxy advisors, executive compensation and counseling boards of directors. 

For more information, including a complete schedule, registration instructions and continuing legal education (CLE) information, visit

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