Upcoming events for ACCD.

September 23, 2021 Director Forum

Boardroom Summit & Board Committee Peer Exchange

KEYNOTE: Caroline Crenshaw, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

New York, NY

12 Credits

For 17 years, the Boardroom Summit has been the most comprehensive conference focused on public company board issues. As today's directors face enormous and continuous challenges -- Covid-19 recovery, new business models, new technologies, societal unrest, a new regulatory environment, the rise of stakeholder capitalism and more -- there is no better time to join peer directors and collectively elevate your board leadership.

Corporate Board Member's Boardroom Summit successfully fosters a unique learning experience you won’t find anywhere else. Take advantage of unparalleled networking opportunities, share challenges and best practices with other board leaders, address committee specific challenges and learn from industry experts and veteran executives to generate inspiration and confidence in the boardroom -- and exceed shareholder expectations.

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October 19, 2021 Qualified Webinar

Shareholder Activism

Hosted by Mike Jeans, featuring Alfredo Porretti Managing Director, Head of North American Shareholder Engagement and M&A Capital Markets and Kai Liekefett Co-Chair of Sidley's Shareholder & Corporate Defense Practice


Kai co-chairs Sidley’s Shareholder Activism & Corporate Defense Practice. He has over 20 years of experience in New York, London, Germany, Hong Kong and Tokyo. In the last 5 years, Kai has defended over 85 proxy contests, more than any other defense attorney in the world, and 25% of all late-stage U.S. proxy fights.

Under Kai’s leadership, Sidley rose to the top of all activism defense league tables, including the No. 1 rankings by Bloomberg, FactSet, Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters) and Activist Insight for 2020 and H1 2021. Kai has been named “2019 Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer. In 2021, Chambers USA ranked him as a Top 3 leading attorney for “Takeover Defense”, lauding Kai as “terrific lawyer” who is “bright, articulate and good with boards,” “very creative in terms of tactics” as well as “equally adept in front of a board as well as opposite an activist” and “great at getting things done and obtaining great results”. Moreover, he was selected as one of the Lawdragon 500 “Leading Dealmakers in America” in 2021. In 2020, Kai was elected as a fellow of The American College of Governance Counsel, the honorary association of lawyers widely recognized for their achievements in the field of governance.

Kai sits on the board of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the Law360 Mergers & Acquisitions Editorial Board. He speaks regularly on panels and at universities around the world, including Harvard University and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. He is frequently interviewed and quoted as a thought leader by the media, including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, Financial Times, USA Today, Forbes, Law360 and The Deal.

Kai holds a Ph.D., magna cum laude, from Freiburg University; an Executive MBA, summa cum laude (best of class), from Muenster Business School; and an LL.M., James Kent Scholar, from Columbia Law School. He was in the top 0.1% nationwide in his First Legal State Exam (J.D. equivalent) and in the top 1.5% nationwide in his Second Legal State Exam in Germany.


Alfredo leads J.P. Morgan’s North America team for Shareholder Engagement and M&A Capital Markets (“SEAMAC”). Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Alfredo was a Managing Director and Head of the Greenhill’s Shareholder Advisory Group and a senior member of Morgan Stanley’s Shareholder Activism and Corporate Defense Team. During his tenure, Morgan Stanley became the leading shareholder advisory / defense team on Wall Street.
Alfredo started his career in banking in Lazard’s Financial Institutions M&A and Activism Defense Groups in New York and as an M&A lawyer at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, focusing both on private equity and strategic transactions. Alfredo regularly speaks at conferences and leading industry events on the topic of shareholder engagement, activism, ESG and corporate defense.
Alfredo graduated from Harvard Law School (LLM), the College of Europe in Bruges – Belgium (LLM) and from the University of Milan – Italy (JD)

November 17, 2021 Director Forum

West Coast Boardroom Summit & Board Committee Peer Exchange

Phoenix, AZ

12 Points

Since 2004, Corporate Board Member's Boardroom Summit has been one of the most well regarded educational and networking events for public company directors -- and this year we are excited to be taking the event to the west coast! After a year of unprecedented challenges, now's the time to raise the bar on your board's performance.

The West Coast Boardroom Summit will deliver a unique lineup of speakers, agenda topics and networking opportunities. This event also features Corporate Board Member’s popular board committee peer exchange, providing a director-driven forum where participants can candidly discuss critical issues and actionable problem-solving solutions. Join your peers and other exemplary board leaders to strengthen your board contributions in the year ahead.

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February 07, 2022 Director Forum

Cyber Risk Forum

San Francisco, CA

6 Points

March 28, 2022 Director Forum

ACCD Forum

Ponte Vedra, FL

10 Points