25 episodes

In-depth interview podcast with leading corporate governance experts, including world-class founders, scholars, board members, executives, investors and more. The content is structured as a long-form conversation to explore not only the latest corporate governance trends, but also to get some personal insights from some of the best and brightest minds behind America's boardrooms.

Boardroom Governance with Evan Epstein Evan Epstein

    • Management

In-depth interview podcast with leading corporate governance experts, including world-class founders, scholars, board members, executives, investors and more. The content is structured as a long-form conversation to explore not only the latest corporate governance trends, but also to get some personal insights from some of the best and brightest minds behind America's boardrooms.

    David Berger: On Purpose, Dual-Class Stock, LTSE, Board Diversity, SPACs, Shareholder Activism and More.

    David Berger: On Purpose, Dual-Class Stock, LTSE, Board Diversity, SPACs, Shareholder Activism and More.

    In this episode, I talk with David Berger, a partner at Wilson Sonsini, a leading Silicon Valley corporate law firm. David’s practice is an unusual blend of corporate governance advisory work and litigation, and he is nationally recognized for his expertise in both the boardroom and the courtroom.

    David also serves as a senior fellow at NYU’s Center for Corporate Governance and Finance, and is a visiting professor at NYU Law School. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the American College of Governance Counsel. In addition, he serves as a director at the Long Term Stock Exchange.

    Among other topics, in this podcast David and Evan discuss the purpose of corporations, dual class shares, tenure voting, conflicts of interest in venture-backed companies, SPACs, shareholder activism, diversity on boards, and more.

    If you like this show, please consider subscribing, leaving a review or sharing this podcast on social media. You can find all the show notes on the website boardroom-governance.com and please feel free to subscribe to the Boardroom Governance Newsletter at evanepstein.substack.com

    • 55 min
    Yumi Narita: Promoting Good Governance from the Comptroller's Office of NYC.

    Yumi Narita: Promoting Good Governance from the Comptroller's Office of NYC.

    In this episode, I talk with Yumi Narita, the Executive Director of Corporate Governance at the Comptroller's Office of New York City. The Comptroller serves as investment advisor, custodian, and a trustee to the New York City Pension Funds, which hold approximately $228 billion in assets.

    In her role as Executive Director, Ms. Narita is responsible for developing and implementing active ownership programs for public equities, including voting proxies, engaging portfolio companies on their ESG policies and practices, and advocating for regulatory reforms to protect investors and strengthen investor rights.

    Ms. Narita has 16 years of experience in the ESG industry. Prior to this role, she was the Global Head of Corporate Governance at Alliance Bernstein, and Vice President on the BlackRock Stewardship team.

    If you like this show, please consider subscribing, leaving a review or sharing this podcast on social media. You can find all the show notes on the website boardroom-governance.com and please feel free to subscribe to the Boardroom Governance Newsletter at evanepstein.substack.com

    • 57 min
    Mason Morfit: "We Can Bring Peripheral Vision to the Boardroom."

    Mason Morfit: "We Can Bring Peripheral Vision to the Boardroom."

    In this episode, I talk with Mason Morfit, the CEO and CIO of ValueAct Capital, a San Francisco-based activist fund that manages more than $16 Billion on behalf of some of the world's largest institutional investors.

    Mason is an experienced activist investor and has served on multiple public company boards, including Microsoft, Valeant, Advanced Medical Optics, C.R. Bard, Immucor, MSD Performance and Solexa.

    In this podcast we discuss the investment thesis of his firm, transactional vs transformational shareholder activism, the evolution of boardroom governance in the U.S., ESG and sustainability, investing in the UK and Japan, and more.

    If you like this show, please consider subscribing, leaving a review or sharing this podcast on social media. You can find all the show notes on the website boardroom-governance.com and please feel free to subscribe to the Boardroom Governance Newsletter at evanepstein.substack.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ilya Strebulaev: Focusing on the Finance and Governance of Venture-Backed Companies.

    Ilya Strebulaev: Focusing on the Finance and Governance of Venture-Backed Companies.

    In this episode, I talk with Ilya Strebulaev, the David S. Lobel Professor of Private Equity and Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he also serves as the Faculty Director of the Venture Capital Initiative.

    Professor Strebulaev is one of the top experts in valuation and corporate finance of venture-backed companies. His work has been widely published in leading academic journals and he teaches at the Stanford MBA, MsX, PhD, and executive education programs.

    In this podcast we discuss his interest and research in venture capital, including core aspects of decision-making by VCs and valuation of venture-backed companies. We also dive into some of the nuances and complexities of corporate governance in these companies, as opposed to public company governance.

    If you like this show, please consider subscribing, leaving a review or sharing this podcast on social media. You can find all the show notes on the website boardroom-governance.com and please feel free to subscribe to the Boardroom Governance Newsletter at evanepstein.substack.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Kerrie Waring: "All Stakeholders Are Important, But Only Shareholders Can Effectively Hold Boards to Account"

    Kerrie Waring: "All Stakeholders Are Important, But Only Shareholders Can Effectively Hold Boards to Account"

    In this episode, I talk with Kerrie Waring, the CEO of the International Corporate Governance Network ("ICGN"), an investor-led organization established in 1995 to promote effective standards of corporate governance and investor stewardship.

    We discuss the history and mission of ICGN (which has grown to over 800 members in 43 countries representing $54 trillion of assets under management), investor stewardship, the debate over corporate purpose, the role of directors, corporate director trainings, the rise of ESG, diversity on boards, big tech, the impact of Covid and more.

    If you like this show, please consider subscribing, leaving a review or sharing this podcast on social media. You can find all the show notes on the website boardroom-governance.com and please feel free to subscribe to the Boardroom Governance Newsletter at evanepstein.substack.com

    • 51 min
    Ahmad Thomas: "We Made a Decision to Stand on the Side of Progress by Supporting AB-979"

    Ahmad Thomas: "We Made a Decision to Stand on the Side of Progress by Supporting AB-979"

    In this episode, I talk with Ahmad Thomas, the President & CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy association that represents more than 360 companies shaping the future innovation economy of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and the nation.

    We discuss the recent passage of AB-979, the new California law that mandates a minimum number of directors from underrepresented communities on boards of directors of California public corporations. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group was one of the first and most prominent business organizations to endorse this legislation. But we also discuss broader topics involving governance of public and private companies in Silicon Valley and beyond.

    If you like this show, please consider subscribing, leaving a review or sharing this podcast with colleagues or friends. You can also subscribe to the Boardroom Governance Newsletter at evanepstein.substack.com

    • 59 min

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