About Us

In any significant corporate governance controversy, the de facto “deciders” are the largest institutional investors. This new balance of power sets the policy and research agenda. The Institute for Corporate Governance & Finance was launched in 2016 to address these issues, taking advantage of the concentration of finance, talent, and activity in New York and at New York University. Whatever the issue—activist shareholders, short-term versus long-term investment horizons, compensation, control contests, going private, spinoffs, etc.—the central questions should be “what do the big institutions think?” and “what should the big institutions think?” The institute brings key people together to understand these questions and encourage the development of institutional investors as a responsible force in corporate governance.

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Institute News

Edward Rock named fellow of American College of Governance Counsel
Edward Rock has joined the American College of Governance Counsel, a professional, educational, and honorary association of lawyers widely-recognized for their achievements in the field of governance, as a fellow. Fellows are chosen from the ranks of lawyers who display a high level of professionalism and commitment to the advancement of the governance practice.


Upcoming Events


“Shareholder Engagement”

november 20, 2017
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 210
40 Washington Square South
4:00PM - 6:00PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

On Monday, November 20, from 4 to 6 pm, we will present a program on “Shareholder Engagement” that will compare and contrast the different modes of shareholder engagement, ranging from large institutional investors to “highly engaged” hedge funds and private equity funds.  The panel will feature Joseph Landy (Warburg Pincus), Martin Lipton (Wachtell Lipton), Matt Mallow (BlackRock) and Nelson Peltz (Trian).  Wendell Willkie and Edward Rock will moderate.