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    04.12.17 Book Talk — 'Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism'
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    Wednesday, April 12
    5 to 7 p.m.
    Reception to Follow

    Brooklyn Law School
    Subotnick Center
    250 Joralemon St.


    Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism
    A Conversation with the author Jeff Gramm, Bandera Partners and Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia Business School; and Amy Miller, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, New York Life Insurance Company

    About the Program
    Dear Chairman
    (HarperCollins, 2016) is a sharp and illuminating history of one of capitalism’s longest running tensions—the conflicts of interest among public company directors, manaagers, and shareholders—told through entertaining case studies and original letters from some of our most legendary and controversial investors and activists.

    Recent disputes between shareholders and major corporations, including Apple and DuPont, have made headlines. But the struggle between management and those who own stock has been going on for nearly a century. Mixing never-before-published and rare, original letters from Wall Street icons—including Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett, Ross Perot, Carl Icahn, and Daniel Loeb—with masterful scholarship and professional insight, Dear Chairman traces the rise in shareholder activism from the 1920s to today, and provides an invaluable and unprecedented perspective on what it means to be a public company, including how they work and who is really in control.

    Gramm will discuss his book and join Amy Miller to analyze contemporary corporate governance issues from legal and business angles. The program also will include Minor Myers, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School.

    About the Participants
    Jeff Gramm runs a hedge fund, Bandera Partners, LLC, and has served on several public company boards of directors. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, where he teaches value investing. He received his MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

    Amy Miller is Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at New York Life Insurance Company. She has a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

    The author will sign books after the program. Books will be available for purchase.

    Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Business Law & Regulation

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