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From Skadden, The Informed Board is a podcast for directors facing the rapidly evolving challenges of a global market. A complement to our newsletter for directors, our aim with this podcast is to help flag potential problems that may not be fully appreciated, explain trends, share our observations and give directors practical guidance without a lot of legal jargon.

Join Skadden partners who draw on years of front-line experience inside boardrooms to explore the complex issues facing directors today.

If you like what you’re hearing, be sure to subscribe in your favorite podcast app so you don’t miss any future conversations. Additional information about Skadden can be found at Skadden.com.

The Informed Board is a podcast by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Affiliates. This podcast is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice. This podcast is considered advertising under applicable state laws.

The Informed Board Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

From Skadden, The Informed Board is a podcast for directors facing the rapidly evolving challenges of a global market. A complement to our newsletter for directors, our aim with this podcast is to help flag potential problems that may not be fully appreciated, explain trends, share our observations and give directors practical guidance without a lot of legal jargon.

Join Skadden partners who draw on years of front-line experience inside boardrooms to explore the complex issues facing directors today.

If you like what you’re hearing, be sure to subscribe in your favorite podcast app so you don’t miss any future conversations. Additional information about Skadden can be found at Skadden.com.

The Informed Board is a podcast by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Affiliates. This podcast is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice. This podcast is considered advertising under applicable state laws.

    When and How Directors Should Engage with Investors

    When and How Directors Should Engage with Investors

    In this episode of the Informed Board podcast, our host, Skadden M&A partner Ann Beth Stebbins is joined by guest, Rebecca Corbin from Corbin Advisors, to explore the critical role that board directors play in shareholder engagement. Corbin stresses that a proactive approach toward shareholder engagement can enhance a company’s value. 
    In their conversation, Ann Beth and Rebecca discuss how a board can best stay attuned to investor sentiment, the practical actions a company can take to raise the profile of its directors, and the role of the board in spreading the culture and message of the company.
    Looking at topics that investors are focused on, the episode explains that corporate culture, if communicated effectively, can give a company a competitive edge with investors. Future-readiness is another key theme, highlighting the necessity for boards to have diversified skill sets that align with the company's strategic objectives.
    This episode serves as an insightful guide to the world of proactive shareholder engagement, emphasizing the role directors can play as value-enhancing ambassadors of a company.
    💡 Meet Your Host 💡Name: Ann Beth Stebbins
    Title: Partner at Skadden
    Connect: LinkedIn
    💡Featured Guest💡Name: Rebecca Corbin
    Title: Founder & CEO at Corbin Advisors
    Connect: LinkedIn
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    ☑️ Let us know what topics you would like to hear about on The Informed Board by reaching out to us at info@skadden.com.
    The Informed Board is a podcast by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Affiliates. This podcast is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice. This podcast is considered advertising under applicable state laws.

    • 21 min
    CEO Succession Planning on a Clear Day

    CEO Succession Planning on a Clear Day

    “There’s certainly an argument to be made, that the moment you name a new CEO, then you ought to be starting to think about who the next person is,” says Blair Jones. 
    In this episode of the Informed Board podcast, our host, Skadden M&A partner Ann Beth Stebbins, is joined by guests, Blair Jones, a managing director at Semler Brossy Consulting Group LLC, and Erica Schohn, partner and head of the Executive Compensation and Benefits Practice at Skadden, to explore best practices in CEO succession planning. They highlight the importance of preparedness, noting that a well-conceived succession program should serve as a contingency plan for unforeseen events, as well as for orderly retirement of a CEO.
    The trio emphasize that succession planning should be an annual event, allowing for adjustments as business strategy evolves. They also discuss the necessity of having multiple candidates and keeping them incentivized, including those not selected for the CEO position. A key issue is the current CEO’s role in succession planning. Typically, the CEO will be involved, but ultimately it falls to the board to make the final decision.
    The guests also highlight emerging trends in succession planning, including the use of external assessments, the role of executive chairs and the development of next-level candidates. They conclude that, while companies lean toward internal candidates during planned successions, external candidates are more likely to be considered in the case of unexpected transitions or  shifts in business strategy.
    💡 Meet Your Host 💡Name: Ann Beth Stebbins
    Title: Partner at Skadden
    Connect: LinkedIn
    💡 Featured Guests 💡Name: Erica Schohn
    Title: Partner at Skadden
    Connect: LinkedIn
    Name: Blair Jones
    Title: Managing Director at Semler Brossy Consulting Group, LLC
    Connect: LinkedIn
    Connect with Skadden☑️ Follow us on Twitter & LinkedIn.
    ☑️ Subscribe to The Informed Board on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.
    ☑️ Let us know what topics you would like to hear about on The Informed Board by reaching out to us at info@skadden.com.
    The Informed Board is a podcast by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Affiliates. This podcast is provided for educational and informational purposes

    • 24 min
    How Will Corporate DEI Policies be Affected by the Supreme Court Ruling in the University Affirmative Action Cases?

    How Will Corporate DEI Policies be Affected by the Supreme Court Ruling in the University Affirmative Action Cases?

    Skadden partners Ann Beth Stebbins, David Schwartz and Lara Flath discuss the implications for US companies of the Supreme Court’s decision in June striking down race-based affirmative action programs in higher education. David Schwartz is global head of Skadden’s labor and employment group, and Lara Flath is a Skadden litigation partner who represented the University of North Carolina (UNC) in the litigation relating to its consideration of race in the admissions process.
    💡 Meet Your Host 💡Name: Ann Beth Stebbins
    Title: Partner at Skadden
    Connect: LinkedIn
    💡 Featured Guests 💡Name: David E. Schwartz 
    Title:  Partner at Skadden
    Connect: LinkedIn
    Name: Lara A. Flath  
    Title:  Partner at Skadden
    Connect: LinkedIn
     
    Connect with Skadden☑️ Follow us on Twitter & LinkedIn.
    ☑️ Subscribe to The Informed Board on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.
    ☑️ Let us know what topics you would like to hear about on The Informed Board by reaching out to us at info@skadden.com.
    The Informed Board is a podcast by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Affiliates. This podcast is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice. This podcast is considered advertising under applicable state laws.

    • 23 min
    Will the EU’s Focus on Foreign Subsidies Make It More Difficult To Acquire European Businesses?

    Will the EU’s Focus on Foreign Subsidies Make It More Difficult To Acquire European Businesses?

    Companies now face an additional regulatory hurdle when making acquisitions in the European Union. In addition to merger control and foreign direct investment (FDI) filings, they will be subject to the EU’s new Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FSR), Skadden partner Giorgio Motta explains. The law, which took effect in July, allows the European Commission to look into acquisitions of, and investments in, businesses in Europe by non-EU companies that have received some sort of financial support from a non-EU government.
    Read the full summary of the conversation HERE.
    💡 Meet Your Host 💡Name: Ann Beth Stebbins
    Title: Partner at Skadden
    Connect: LinkedIn
    💡 Featured Guest💡Name: Giorgio Motta
    Title:  Partner at Skadden
    Connect: LinkedIn
    Connect with Skadden☑️ Follow us on Twitter & LinkedIn.
    ☑️ Subscribe to The Informed Board on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.
    ☑️ Let us know what topics you would like to hear about on The Informed Board by reaching out to us at info@skadden.com.
    The Informed Board is a podcast by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Affiliates. This podcast is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice. This podcast is considered advertising under applicable state laws.

    • 24 min
    What A New Executive Order and Tighter Controls on Tech Exports Mean for Companies Doing Business in China

    What A New Executive Order and Tighter Controls on Tech Exports Mean for Companies Doing Business in China

    In 2022, the U.S. restricted technology exports to China that might have military uses, and an executive order is expected soon limiting investments in certain Chinese tech companies. Skadden M&A partner Ann Beth Stebbins leads a discussion about the reasons for the rules and their impact on companies doing business in China. Joining her are Jessie Liu, a partner in Skadden’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Group, and partner Brian Egan of the firm’s National Security, CFIUS and International Trade Groups.
    Read the full summary of the conversation HERE.
    💡 Meet Your Host 💡Name: Ann Beth Stebbins
    Title: Partner at Skadden
    Connect: LinkedIn
    💡 Featured Guests 💡Name:  Jessie Liu
    Title:  Partner at Skadden
    Connect: LinkedIn
    Name:  Brian Egan
    Title:  Partner at Skadden
    Connect: LinkedIn
    Connect with Skadden☑️ Follow us on Twitter & LinkedIn.
    ☑️ Subscribe to The Informed Board on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.
    ☑️ Let us know what topics you would like to hear about on The Informed Board by reaching out to us at info@skadden.com.
    The Informed Board is a podcast by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Affiliates. This podcast is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice. This podcast is considered advertising under applicable state laws.

    • 21 min
    How the SEC Is Making it Harder To Exclude Shareholder Proposals and What This Means for ESG This Proxy Season

    How the SEC Is Making it Harder To Exclude Shareholder Proposals and What This Means for ESG This Proxy Season

    The SEC’s Rule 14a-8, which gives shareholders the right to put proposals to a vote of other shareholders, was adopted to allow shareholders access to other shareholders and management, BlackRock Head of External Affairs Dalia Blass explained. But it came with some protections to prevent proposals that would be a waste of time, such as those that had little to do with the company’s business. Ahead of the 2022 proxy season, the SEC changed its approach, making it harder for companies to exclude shareholder proposals, even highly prescriptive or granular, micromanaging measures.
    Read the full summary of the conversation HERE.
    💡 Featured Guests 💡Dalia Blas - BlackRock
    Marc Gerber - Skadden
    Gabrielle Wolf - Innisfree M&A
    Connect with Skadden☑️ Follow us on Twitter & LinkedIn.
    ☑️ Subscribe to The Informed Board on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.
    ☑️ Let us know what topics you would like to hear about on The Informed Board by reaching out to us at info info@skadden.com.
    The Informed Board is a podcast by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Affiliates. This podcast is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice. This podcast is considered advertising under applicable state laws.

    • 28 min

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