For the third year, Jim Cramer and The Deal hosted an exclusive gathering of corporate decision makers and their key advisors to discuss the best strategies to meet and master the latest and most critical challenges in managing their companies to maximize shareholder value.
The conference’s keynotes, one-on-one interviews and panel discussions provided actionable insights into how to identify and implement practices that rise to the occasion.
James J. Cramer is the host of “Mad Money with Jim Cramer”, Co-Anchor of “Squawk on The Street” at CNBC and founder of TheStreet, Inc.
James J. Cramer, Host, “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” & Co-Anchor, ‘Squawk on The Street”, CNBC; Founder, TheStreet, Inc. interviews Steve Mollenkopf, Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated.
As assets shift from active managers to passive investors, how will the biggest index funds exert influence on boardroom battles and the overall corporate governance agenda? This panel will look at governance standards and the role of the proxy advisory firms, Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis, in setting governance standards. Plus, what differentiates good vs. bad activists?
Moderator: Paula Loop, Leader, Governance Insights Center, PwC
Panelist: Michelle Edkins, Global Head, BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship Team
Panelist: Matt DiGuiseppe, Head of Asset Stewardship, North America, State Street Global Advisors
Panelist: Gary Retelny, President & CEO, Institutional Shareholder Services
Panelist: Sarah Teslik, Partner, Joele Frank
Jim Cramer interviews Nelson Peltz, Founding Partner & CEO, Trian Fund Management, L.P.
Jim Cramer interviews Paul Singer, Founder and President, Elliott Management Corporation.
Now more than ever, companies must have clarity and transparency with shareholders so they have a clear understanding of the corporate plan. How can companies create long-term value by effectively engaging with shareholders, influential investors and the market? Panelists will also examine key regulatory issues, such as retail investor participation in proxy battles, a potential proxy fight rule change and a shifting SEC view of ‘wolf pack’ investors.
Moderator: Ronald Orol, Senior Editor, The Deal
Panelist: Arthur Crozier, Chairman, Innisfree M&A Incorporated
Panelist: Steven Lipin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Gladstone Place Partners
Panelist: Jeffrey Marell, Partner, Paul Weiss
Panelist: Suzanne Nora Johnson, Lead Director, Intuit Inc.; Director, American International Group, Inc., Pfizer Inc., and Visa Inc.
Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice.
Keynote Speaker: Ron Shaich, Founder and Chairman, Panera Bread.
Headlines across the country highlight how poor corporate culture can lead to reputational disaster and negatively affect long term value. However, companies that foster a positive culture tend to drive bottom line results, increase customer satisfaction and attract top talent. Despite all best efforts, there is always a risk that things could go wrong. Is your company prepared with a strong, proactive crisis management plan? This panel examines the secrets to success as well as how to manage a crisis if one arises.
Moderator: Jim Cramer
Panelist: Sean Connolly, President and Chief Executive Officer, Conagra Brands
Panelist: Stephen Holmes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wyndham Worldwide
Panelist: Cynthia Jamison, Director, Office Depot, Inc.; Darden Restaurants, Inc., Big Lots!, Inc.; Chairman, Tractor Supply Company
Panelist: Paula Loop, Leader, Governance Insights Center, PwC
Jim Cramer interviews Scott A. Barshay, Partner, Paul Weiss.
Jim Cramer interviews Scott Wapner, Host, “Fast Money Halftime Report”, CNBC.
This panel will examine whether companies should dig in and fight, or settle and allow an activist investor into their boardroom. Why does one shareholder matter so much, and why should you bother to stop them? How do you keep the discourse civil – and what happens if you don’t, and that insurgent wins? How can boards be their own activist? Our experts will provide real-life examples of discourse that has worked, and discourse that has not worked.
Moderator: Ronald Orol, Senior Editor, The Deal
Panelist: Declan Kelly, Chairman & CEO, Teneo Holdings
Panelist: Bob Marese, Managing Director, MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
Panelist: Steven Williams, Partner, Paul Weiss
Panelist: Lauren Taylor Wolfe, Founding Partner, Impactive Capital
IFranchise Group, Inc., the parent company of Liberty Tax Service, Buddy’s Home Furnishings, and Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, has recently announced their plans to acquire The Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year and provides an immediate premium to current shareholders and aligns the company with a partner that shares their strategic vision to grow the business as a leader in health and wellness. Mr. Kastin was an integral part of this deal and he will explore the nuts and bolts of this transaction, including the influence of Vintage Capital Management in the process.
Interviewer: Steve Gelsi, Senior Reporter, The Deal
Speaker: David Kastin, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Vitamin Shoppe, Inc.
Jim Cramer interviews Jeff Gennette, Chairman and CEO, Macy’s, Inc.
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Will the market start to see an increase in distressed M&A? While distressed transactions come with greater risks than “healthy” acquisitions, the benefits of lower costs and legal protections for the buyer could outweigh the risk.
ESG and Sustainability concerns are now playing a prominent role in how companies around the world operate, and how investors allocate their capital.