Sessions Agenda

Day One
Day Two
Day Three
Day Two | Wednesday, September 4, 2019
7:00 am - 8:00 am
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Session 2: Innovation, Information and Investing

A visionary investor explores how big changes in information flows and innovation are changing the traditional landscape for fund management, creating a new age of challenges and opportunities for asset owners and managers.

Speakers: TBD

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Session 3: Index Funds and Common Ownership

With the rise of index investing and ETFs, what is the future of shareholder-based governance and what does it mean for asset owners?

Speakers: TBD

10:00 am - 10:15 am
Networking Break
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Session 4: The Politics of Investing: Dark Money, Fake News and Front Groups

Politics and propaganda have invaded every corner of our lives. What is the specific impact on the fund fiduciary, and what threats are emerging?

Speakers: TBD

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Session 5: New Trends in Securities Litigation

Public funds have taken the lead in using securities litigation to recover damages and hold company management accountable in the worst cases of corporate fraud. Learn the new developments and how your fund can best protect itself when suffering losses.

Speakers: Darren Robbins and TBD

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Session 6: Roundup of Investor Initiatives

Public funds are actively collaborating through a wide range of initiatives – involving such topics as opioid abuse, human capital management, climate change, and firearms. Learn the latest on these initiatives, and how your fund may be impacted and may get involved.

Speakers: TBD

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session 7: Breakout Sessions

A. Presiding with Confidence

Learn tips and techniques for chairing constructive meetings that produce effective results and good decisions.


B. Proxy Voting for Impact

Explore best methods of developing voting policies, using proxy advisors, and working with managers to maximize your voting power.

Speakers: TBD

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Session 8: Best Practices in Fund Governance

Pension fund leaders share innovative insights and information on such topics as boardroom politics, stakeholder accountability, and actuarial valuations.

Speakers: TBD

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cocktail Reception
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
Nordic Nights Dinner
Darren J. Robbins | Partner
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

Darren Robbins is a founding partner of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP. Over the last two decades, he has served as lead counsel in more than 100 securities class actions and has recovered billions of dollars for injured shareholders.

Robbins has obtained significant recoveries in a number of actions arising out of wrongdoing related to the issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities, including the case against Goldman Sachs ($272 million recovery). Robbins also served as co-lead counsel in connection with a $627 million recovery for investors in In re Wachovia Preferred Securities & Bond/Notes Litig., one of the largest credit-crisis settlements involving Securities Act claims. Robbins also recently served as lead counsel in Schuh v. HCA Holdings, Inc., which resulted in a $215 million recovery for shareholders.

One of the hallmarks of Robbins’ practice has been his focus on corporate governance reform. In UnitedHealth, a securities fraud class action arising out of an options backdating scandal, Robbins represented lead plaintiff CalPERS and was able to obtain the cancellation of more than 3.6 million stock options held by the company’s former CEO and secure a record $925 million cash recovery for shareholders. Robbins also negotiated sweeping corporate governance reforms, including the election of a shareholder-nominated director to the company’s board of directors, a mandatory holding period for shares acquired via option exercise, and compensation reforms that tied executive pay to performance. Recently, Robbins led a shareholder derivative action brought by several pension funds on behalf of Community Health Systems, Inc. The case yielded a $60 million payment to Community Health, as well as corporate governance reforms that included two shareholder-nominated directors, the creation and appointment of a Healthcare Law Compliance Coordinator, the implementation of an executive compensation clawback in the event of a restatement, the establishment of an insider trading controls committee, and the adoption of a political expenditure disclosure policy.

Robbins was named California Lawyer Attorney of the Year and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top securities litigators by numerous organizations and publications. He has been named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers Shaping the Future” by the Daily Journal and one of the “Young Litigators 45 and Under” by The American Lawyer. The American Lawyer commended him for helping “set the pace for [his] peers,” and Chambers USA called him “a prominent figure in the field of securities litigation” and “one of the leaders of the plaintiff Bar.” Additionally, Robbins has been named a Benchmark California Star and State Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation.

Robbins is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars around the world on securities litigation and corporate governance reform. He advises institutional investors in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Middle East, Asia and the European Union.

Robbins was awarded Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Economics from the University of Southern California, and received his Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt Law School.