The Chiefs: Past and Present and Delaware Law Update Highlights

The Chiefs: Past and Present and Delaware Law Update Highlights

John L. Weinberg Distinguished Speaker Series – The Chiefs: Past and Present

On April 4, 2023, the Weinberg Center hosted “The Chiefs: Past and Present,” which was part of its John L. Weinberg Distinguished Speaker series, and “Delaware Law Update.”

The Center was honored to host “The Chiefs: Past and Present,” which featured the current and two former Chief Justices of the Delaware Supreme Court, and was moderated by William Lafferty from Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, and Corinne Amato from Prickett, Jones & Elliott.  For more information, please view the video.

“Delaware Law Update” was a panel that focused on recent developments and emerging issues in Delaware law.  For more information view the video.

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2023 Research paper competition winners announced

2023 Research paper competition winners announced

The two John L. Weinberg/IRRCi research paper competition winners were announced at the 2023 Corporate Governance Symposium on March 17, 2023. The other eight finalist papers were also presented.

Congratulations to the winning papers:

“Female Equity Analysts and Corporate Environmental and Social Performance”
Authors: Kai Li (University of British Columbia), Feng Mai (Stevens Institute of Technology), Gabriel Wong (Cardiff University), Chelsea Yang (University of British Columbia), and Tengfei Zhang (Rutgers University)

Read the paper HERE

“Conflicting Fiduciary Duties and Fire Sales of VC-backed Start-ups”
Bo Bian (University of British Columbia), Yingxiang Li (University of British Columbia), and Casimiro A. Nigro (Goethe University)

Read the paper HERE

Read more about the 2023 Symposium and the papers HERE.

2023 Research paper competition winners announced

Research Paper Competition Winners Announced

The Weinberg Center would like to congratulate the two winners of the 2023 John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award Competition:

  • “Female Equity Analysts and Corporate Environmental and Social Performance”
    Authors:  Kai Li (University of British Columbia), Feng Mai (Stevens Institute of Technology), Gabriel Wong (Cardiff University), Chelsea Yang (University of British Columbia), and Tengfei Zhang (Rutgers University)

            Read the paper HERE

  • “Conflicting Fiduciary Duties and Fire Sales of VC-backed Start-ups”
    Authors:  Bo Bian (University of British Columbia), Yingxiang Li (University of British Columbia), and Casimiro A. Nigro (Goethe University)

            Read the paper HERE

These papers were presented, along with the other eight finalist papers, at the Weinberg Center/ECGI 2023 Corporate Governance Symposium that was held on Friday, March 17, 2023. 

Please join us in congratulating the winners and the finalists. 

Read more about the 2023 Symposium and the papers HERE.

The Chancellors: Past and Present and Delaware Law Update

The Chancellors: Past and Present and Delaware Law Update

View The Chancellors – Past and Present and Delaware Law Update Held on March 23, 2022

​John L. Weinberg Distinguished Speaker Series – The Chancellors: Past and Present

On March 23, 2022, the Weinberg Center hosted “The Chancellors: Past and Present,” which was part of its John L. Weinberg Distinguished Speaker series, and “Delaware Law Update.”

The Center was honored to host “The Chancellors: Past and Present,” which featured the current and three former Chancellors from the Delaware Court of Chancery, and was moderated by Greg Williams form Richards, Layton & Finger.  For more information, view the video.

​Delaware Law Update

“Delaware Law Update” consisted of two roundtables that focused on recent developments and emerging issues in Delaware law:  “Board Oversight Liability Three Years After Marchand –What Has Changed? What Still May Change?” and “Recent Delaware Perspectives on Special Committees and SPACs.”  For more information, view the video.

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Research paper winners announced at the virtual 2022 Symposium

Research paper winners announced at the virtual 2022 Symposium

The Weinberg Center wants to congratulate the two winners of the 2022 John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award Competition:

  • Is History Repeating Itself? The (Un)predictable Past of ESG Ratings
    Florian Berg (MIT), Kornelia Fabisik (Frankfurt), and Zacharias Sautner (Frankfurt)

    Read the paper
  • Bargaining with Private Equity: Implications for Hospital Prices and Patient Welfare
    Tong Liu (Wharton)

    Read the paper

These papers were presented, along with the papers of the six other finalists, at the virtual academic portion of the Weinberg Center’s 2022 Corporate Governance Symposium that was held on Friday, March 11, 2022. 

Please join us in congratulating the winners and the semi-finalists. 

Read more about the 2022 Symposium and the papers.

Weinberg Center Announces New Director

Weinberg Center Announces New Director

On September 20, 2021, the University of Delaware’s Weinberg Center announced that Justin P. Klein has been named as the new director of the Center.  Mr. Klein assumed leadership of the Center on September 20, 2021. 

Justin Klein has been a member of the Weinberg Center’s Advisory Board since 2015. He was a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP from 1992 through 2019 and most recently has served as senior counsel at the firm. He has represented public and private companies and their boards and board committees in a variety of transactions, including securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He also has advised firms in the securities industry, including broker-dealers and investment banks, and has assisted clients in day-to-day corporate governance and other transactional matters. Before entering private practice, Klein served for nine years at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, holding positions including assistant director of the Division of Corporation Finance. He has been recognized by Chambers USA, receiving its highest ranking in corporate/M&A and securities law (2003-2021) and was named one of the Best Lawyers in America in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law and securities capital markets law (2006-2021) and Lawyer of the Year in Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Philadelphia/2020). He is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and served on the Attorney Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Securities Commission. At Ballard Spahr, Mr. Klein was a member of the Elected Board and a member of the firm’s Diversity Council. He is active in community service, having served as board chair and a board member of The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, president of the board of Settlement Music School and board chair at Pomfret School. Klein earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

Klein replaces the founding director of the Weinberg Center, Charles Elson, professor of finance and Edgar S. Woolard, Jr. Chair in Corporate Governance, who stepped down from the position in 2020. Lerner’s Department Chair of Finance, Laura Field, Donald J. Puglisi Professor of Finance, served as interim director after Elson’s departure.

A search committee was chaired by Field and included Advisory Board members Carol Ward and Jennifer Voss, and Lerner Professors John D’Arcy, Kati Tackacs Haynes, Jennifer McCloskey, Jeremy Tobacman and Fei Xie. Lerner Center Directors Wendy Smith and Amanda Bullough of the Women’s Leadership Initiative and Carlos Asarta of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship also met with candidates during the search and will provide mentorship on leading a collaborative center that showcases scholarship and builds valuable connections among faculty, students and business leaders.

Justin Klein’s Bio

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