Public Board Dinner – Shareholder Activism Through the Lens of a Former Activist

Date: Monday, September 10, 2018
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Il Fornaio
520 Cowper Street
(at the Garden Court Hotel)
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Are you a current public company board member, have served as a public company director in the past and are actively seeking a new position, or a board member of a company anticipating an IPO and wish to be part of this event?


Shareholder activism has become a prominent and permanent part of the corporate landscape. As activism continues to evolve and mature, so are the strategies deployed by activists to gather support amongst the broad range of investor constituencies – actively managed funds, passively managed index and quantitative funds, and proxy advisory firms. Derek will speak from the perspectives of his roles as a partner at an activist hedge fund, event-driven hedge fund and investor-focused activism defense advisory firms about current trends in shareholder activism, the rise of ESG issues, what this means for Silicon Valley companies, and how public company directors should be thinking about these issues.

Please join us at our next Public Board Circle dinner to hear what our expert has to say.


Our Distinguished Speaker


Derek Zaba

Partner, Head of Activism Defense and M&A
CamberView Partners

Derek Zaba is a Partner at CamberView Partners and serves as the co-head of the firm’s Contested Situations practice which encompasses long and short activism defense as well as contested and complex M&A.

Before joining CamberView, Derek was a Partner at Voce Capital Management, a value-driven, governance-focused investor that regularly engages in public activism. At Voce, he was deeply involved in evaluating and selecting investment opportunities, identifying problematic governance and compensation practices, engaging with portfolio companies and developing and executing contested campaigns. Prior to that role, Derek was a Senior Associate at Scoggin Capital Management LLC, an event-driven hedge fund. Earlier in his career, Derek was a corporate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he counseled companies on a variety of matters including contested mergers & acquisitions transactions, proxy contests and corporate governance matters.

After leaving government service in 2011, Senator Dodd joined the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. During his seven-year tenure, he helped move MPAA into the digital age, including spearheading content protection and anti-piracy initiatives, and expanding the access of US films and television programs to China and other international markets. He also established a coalition of film and television content creators, ACE (Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment), which includes the MPAA studios, Netflix, Amazon and others, to cooperate on the common issue of protecting intellectual property. He stepped down from the MPAA on January 1, 2018.

Derek is a member of the State Bar of New York. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he graduated Order of the Coif, and an M.B.A. and a bachelor’s degree in systems science and mathematics, cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis.


Hosts for our ACG Silicon Valley Public Board Circle Dinners

Garrett Herbert – Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Nick O’Keefe – Partner, Arnold & Porter
Diane Frankle – Senior Counsel, Arnold & Porter
Gunjeet Baweja – Managing Director, Global Head of Semiconductors & Electronics, Jefferies Technology Group