Private Interests, Public Issues Symposium

Harvard’s best business and legal minds come together to discuss
today’s major issues and look beyond the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

The Harvard Law School Association of New York City and the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York are organizing a one-half day symposium on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the Harvard Club of New York.

This inaugural “mini-Davos” will draw an invited audience of 300 of the most influential HBS and HLS alumni to interact with three distinguished panels of prominent industry and public sector leaders as well as Harvard’s foremost business and law professors.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
1:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Panel 1: Shop Talk: CEOs on Law and Business
Has the activist revolution made for better boards and managers? Is the job of General Counsel different today? Will there be more Apple v. U.S. Government showdowns? CEOs and chairmen of leading companies discuss these questions.

  • David Bonderman LL.B. '66 - TPG Capital

  • Bill Donaldson MBA '58 - Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette

  • Steve Miller LL.B. '66 - AIG & Hawker Beechcraft & Symantec

  • David Sorkin J.D. '84 - KKR

  • Guhan Subramanian MBA '96, J.D.'98 - Professor at HLS and HBS (Moderator)

Panel 2: Main Street, Wall Street & K Street: Relations Among Business, Finance & Government
Where is the right nexus between public and private interests in 21st century American democracy? Can the U.S.compete successfully? Has regulation run amok or been captured? Leaders who bridge the corporate-governmental divide share their perspectives and look forward to the November election.

  • Rodgin Cohen LL.B. '68 - Sullivan & Cromwell

  • Richard Fenyes J.D. '95 - Simpson Thacher

  • John Finley J.D. '81 - Blackstone

  • Stephen Friedman LL.B. '62 - President of Pace University and former SEC Commissioner

  • Julius Genachowski J.D. '91 - Carlyle

  • Charles Haldeman MBA '72, J.D. '74 - Freddie Mac

  • Marshall Sonenshine J.D. '85 - Sonenshine Partners (Moderator)

Panel 3: Global Business and Global Crises - The refugees: how does the world deal with them
Is ISIS a crisis for business? The $28 barrel of oil – risk or opportunity? Will the EU remain intact after Brexit? What’s the future for China’s economy? Will rising oceans and populations collide? The Refugees: How does the world deal with them? Key global business leaders review these international developments and more.

  • Mohammed Bin Mahfoodh Al Ardh, Investcorp

  • John Buretta - Cravath, Swaine & Moore

  • Carlo Croff LL.M. '81 - Chiomenti

  • Ed Greene LL.B. '66, Cleary Gottlieb (Moderator)

  • Najib Mikati - Former Prime Minister Lebanon, CEO M1 Group


Wednesday, 10/5/16 at 1:00pm - 7:15pm | iCal


The Harvard Club of New York
35 W. 44th Street
New York, NY 10036 United States of America

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 Afternoon Schedule & Panels
(Panelists are subject to change)

Registration: 1:00 – 1:30pm


Salvo Arena LL.M. '00, (Symposium Co-Chair) Chiomenti

Remarks: 1:30 – 2:00pm
Dean Martha Minow, Harvard Law School
Dean Nitin Norhia,
Harvard Business School – via video

Panel 1: 2:00 - 3:00pm
Shop Talk: CEOs on Law and Business

Panel 2: 3:00 - 4:00pm
Main Street, Wall Street & K Street: Relations Among Business, Finance & Government

Keynote Address: 4:15 – 4:45pm
Julian Castro J.D. '00 - U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development


Break: 4:00 - 4:15pm

Panel 3: 4:45 - 5:45pm
Global Business and Global Crises

Reception: 5:45 – 7:15pm

Please contact: HLS Alumni Relations

You can read Symposium Executive Summary here