Davies Business Law Lecture: “Hall of Fame” Lawyer and Columbia Professor of Law John C. Coffee, Jr. – “Shareholder Wealth Maximization – On Steroids: Do the Brakes Still Work in Corporate Governance?”

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Winter 11-1-2016

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TORONTO, January 11, 2016 – John C. Coffee, Jr., the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School and director of its Center on Corporate Governance, will deliver the seventh Davies Business Law Lecture at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University on Thursday, January 14, 2016.

Presented by Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and the Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law, the lecture will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 1014 of the Ignat Kaneff Building.

The most cited law professor in the combined corporate, commercial and business law field, Coffee will discuss “Shareholder Wealth Maximization – On Steroids: Do the Brakes Still Work in Corporate Governance?”

Coffee is consistently listed among the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal. He has served as a Reporter to the American Law Institute for its Corporate Governance Project, on the Legal Advisory Board to the New York Stock Exchange and on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on the Capital Formation and Regulatory Processes. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author or editor of several widely used casebooks on corporations and securities regulation.

His books include John C. Coffee, Entrepreneurial Litigation: Its Rise, Fall, and Future (Harvard University Press, 2015); John C. Coffee, Gatekeepers: The Professions and Corporate Governance (Oxford University Press, 2006); John C. Coffee, Louis Lowenstein and Susan Rose-Ackerman, Knights, Raiders and Targets: The Impact of the Hostile Takeover (Oxford University Press, 1988); and Eilís Ferran, Niamh Moloney, Jennifer G. Hill and John C. Coffee, The Regulatory Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

According to a recent survey, Coffee is the most cited law professor in law reviews over the last 10 years in the combined corporate, commercial and business law field. In 2015, Lawdragon listed him on its 100-member “Hall of Fame” list of influential lawyers in the United States.

About Davies and the Davies Lecture Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is a firm of approximately 240 lawyers with offices in Toronto, Montréal and New York. The firm focuses on business law and is consistently at the heart of the largest and most complex commercial and financial matters on behalf of its clients, regardless of borders.

The Davies Business Law Lecture series provides students the opportunity to hear from internationally recognized thought leaders about issues that are important to the legal and business communities.

About the Hennick Centre Launched in 2009, the Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law – an initiative of Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business – is the first Canadian centre to promote and develop joint business and law scholarship and education. Made possible by a gift from Jay and Barbara Hennick, the Hennick Centre has as its flagship offering the joint JD/MBA program. The Hennick Centre also draws together the teaching and research strengths of the Davies Fund for Business Law and other endowed chairs, including the Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance and the Osler Chair in Business Law.

About York University York University has always been known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our 52,000 students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 24 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide.

Media Contact: Virginia Corner, Communications Manager, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 416-736-5820, vcorner@osgoode.yorku.ca