Widener Law event examines “Irreconcilable Differences” in corporate takeovers
Public Relations - Published: April 5, 2011
2011DJCLIrreconcilablePromoWidener Law will gather a powerhouse of corporate and business law practitioners, judges and academics for a day of stimulating discussion on the conflicts that arise in corporate takeovers.

“Irreconcilable Differences: Director, Manager and Shareholder Conflicts in Takeover Transactions” will be held April 11 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom in the school’s Main Law Building on the Delaware campus. It will feature a slate of nearly three dozen speakers representing key institutions including the Delaware Court of Chancery, the Harvard Business School, Morgan Stanley, and a host of leading Delaware corporate practitioners.

The conference is hosted by the school’s student-edited Delaware Journal of Corporate Law with direction from event organizers Steven Davidoff, “Dealbook” columnist for The New York Times and professor of law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, Widener Law Associate Professor Paul L. Regan, acting director of the school’s Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law, Caroline M. Gentile, Widener’s Ruby R. Vale visiting scholar of corporate and business law, and students David DiDonato and Suzanne Lufadeju.

Discussion will focus on current case law on takeover conflicts, appropriate standards to regulate them and related research. Conflicts of particular interest include freeze-out transactions, differential treatment of controlling and non-controlling shareholders, issues arising from undue management influence in the management buyout process, and more.

The day will begin with check-in at 8 a.m. and an opening panel discussion on the parameters of director independence at 8:45 a.m. Highlights include a keynote address by Delaware Court of Chancery Chancellor William B. Chandler III during the event luncheon and two afternoon roundtable discussions that, combined, feature more than 20 distinguished speakers.

For a full schedule, including a list of speakers, visit law.widener.edu/irreconcilabledifferences.

Attorneys from Delaware and Pennsylvania who attend the conference will be eligible for six continuing legal education credits, including one ethics credit. Registration for attorneys who attend for credit is $195 or $150 for Widener Law alumni and includes breakfast, lunch and conference materials. Admission is free for law students and members of the public who do not seek continuing legal education credits, without meals or materials.

Widener Law is home to the Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law. The institute offers students the chance to pursue a formal concentration in Delaware corporate law amid one of the world’s foremost corporate legal environments. It organizes events and speakers throughout the academic year under the belief that the law profits from actively engaging lawyers, judges, legislators and scholars who practice, study and define it.

The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law is an elite publication focused on corporate, business and banking law. Established in 1975, the Journal is nationally ranked by Washington & Lee Law School as first among student-edited journals based upon citations in federal and state court opinions under “Corporations and Associations” and “Commercial Law.” Notable subscribers include the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Trade Commission, Time Warner, Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Journal also sponsors the Francis G. Pileggi Distinguished Lecture in Law, an annual lecture featuring a noted authority on corporate law.