PLUS D&O Symposium 2022

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PLUS D&O Symposium Agenda

The agenda for the PLUS D&O Symposium is carefully planned by a D&O committee and by the submissions of PLUS members and advocates.  PLUS takes great pride in the quality of speakers and topics at each of our events.

Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:00 am - 9:15 am
Tami Stark (Speaker)  Jordan Eth (Speaker)  John Browne (Speaker)  James Skarzynski (Moderator)  Todd Greeley (Speaker)  
CE/CLE Session | Current Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation
9:15 am - 10:15 am

Through the lens of the D&O insurer and plaintiff and defense counsel, this session will provide a review of 2021 securities class action litigation and a robust discussion about the recent development in securities class action litigation and SEC enforcement. Speakers will also provide their perspectives on possible changes that could be seen under the current administration and the settlement process in securities class action litigation.

White and Case
Morrison Foerster
Berstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman
Skarzynski Black & Marick LLP
Mike Silver (Speaker)  Kevin Gadbois (Speaker)  Robbyn Reichman (Speaker)  Japhet Boutin (Speaker)  Joe Kelly (Moderator)  
CE/CLE Session | The Main Event: How Event Driven Litigation Has Impacted D&O Claims
10:30 am - 11:30 am

With the litigation landscape continuing to be shaped by corporate events, like #MeToo, cyber and privacy incidents, and regulatory investigations, the likelihood of these events triggering executive risk claims continues to grow. This session will explore event driven litigation trends, emerging events that could drive future litigation, risk management for event driven litigation, and how EPL, Fiduciary, and Cyber underwriting can assist with assessing D&O risk.

Old Republic Professional Liability
Great American Insurance Group
Zurich North America
Sompo International
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
John Sylvia (Speaker)  Sam Rudman (Speaker)  Tricia Melly (Speaker)  Wayne Imrie (Speaker)  Teresa Milano, Esq. (Moderator)  
CE/CLE Session | The SPAC and deSPAC Evolution: Where Are They Headed?
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

This session will explore the most current trends related to SPACs and deSPACs, including both the insurance and business aspects and how they intersect. This session will explore the impact of these on the future of business combination deals, how D&O underwriters are assessing these transactions, and what the environment might look like going forward.

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
Norm Rafsol (Speaker)  Paget Holland (Speaker)  Scott Schechter (Speaker)  Rob Yellen (Moderator)  
CE/CLE Session | Private Company D&O: Are We At A Crossroads?
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Today, one of the biggest questions facing the Financial Lines insurance market is whether carriers have done enough or too much to control their exposure to private company D&O. While coverage for antitrust and qui tam exposures has been pulled back, other coverage for other drivers of loss--bankruptcies, ESG, regulatory matters and employment claims are still common and often expensive. This session will explore private company risk and loss drivers, insurer rationale for corrective action, and what to think about in regards to private company D&O renewals in 2022.

Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP
Priya Huskins (Speaker)  James Cole, Jr. (Speaker)  Stephanie Giammarco (Speaker)  Allison Barrett (Interviewer)  
Keynote Session | DE&I in the Boardroom
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Few topics are more important than Diversity, Equity & Inclusion today in Corporate America. One of the most prominent ways a Company can signal it’s intention around DE&I efforts is by maintaining an inclusive Board of Directors, with members from diverse backgrounds bringing their varied experiences to leadership discussions. In this session, facilitated by Allison Barrett, Head of North America Financial Lines at AIG, we’ll hear from directors about their perspective in Boardrooms and how their personal contributions shape the organizations they serve.

Shared Networking Reception with Cyber Symposium Attendees
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Opening Remarks and Awards Presentation
9:30 am - 10:00 am
Erica Salmon Byrne (Speaker)  Ashley Walter (Speaker)  Meghan Marchica (Speaker)  Maureen Gorman (Moderator)  
CE/CLE Session | The Impact of the ESG Balancing Act on Boards and D&O
10:15 am - 11:15 am

With recent significant ESG development, this session will examine the current ESG landscape, the considerations and emerging risks for directors and officers, and D&O underwriting considerations. This session will also explore the key elements of a strong ESG framework, how organizations can protect themselves from ESG litigation, and what the future might hold for boards and directors and officers.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Larry Fine (Speaker)  Paul Brophy (Speaker)  Kimberly Melvin (Speaker)  
For Our Captive Audience: A Discussion on Delaware D&O Captive Insurance
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Just one month ago, the Delaware General Assembly passed a bill allowing Delaware corporations to use captive insurance to manage D&O exposures. Before the Governor signs the bill into law, join this lively discussion on its potential effect on the industry.

Berkley Professional Liability
Christine Montelbano (Speaker)  Hille R. Sheppard, Esq. (Speaker)  Louise Van Dyck (Speaker)  Kieran Hughes (Moderator)  
CE/CLE Session | No Longer the Tail of the Dog: The Impact of Derivate Cases
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

In the early days of securities litigation, derivative cases were often viewed as the "tail of the dog." Not so anymore as derivatives have found a footing with societal concerns including environmental, social and governance issues. This session will discuss the purposes of a corporation including the role of the board, the c-suite, and shareholders, the current derivative case landscape, and how the insurance industry is responding.

Tokio Marine HCC - D&O Group
Shelley Norman (Speaker)  Brian Finlay (Speaker)  Justin Psaki (Speaker)  Christine Williams (Moderator)  Robert Crocitto (Speaker)  
CE/CLE Session | State of the Market
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance
Arch Insurance Group
ARC Excess & Surplus, LLC

Event Detail

March 1, 2022 9:00 am
March 2, 2022 3:45 pm