S&C Sponsors WomenCorporateDirectors 2020 Virtual Global Institute

September 9-11, 2020

On September 9-11, S&C will sponsor the WomenCorporateDirectors’ 2020 Virtual Global Institute. This event will feature industry experts and world-renowned leaders speaking on a variety of topics exploring the theme “Leading Today and Transforming Tomorrow.”

The speakers will include Melissa Sawyer, co-head of S&C’s corporate governance practice; Audra Cohen, co-Managing Partner of S&C’s General Practice Group; and Nicky Friedlander, co-head of the firm’s cybersecurity practice. Melissa and Audra will speak on the same panel, “Planning for the Unpredictable: Proactive Scenario Planning by Boards of Consumer & Retail Companies,” to be held on September 11. Nicky’s panel, “The Global Threat of Cyberwarfare: From Work at Home to Infrastructure and Election Insecurity,” will take place on September 9. Both panels are hosted by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.
WCD is the largest global organization for female directors. To learn more about the 2020 Virtual Global Institute and register to participate, click here.
S&C’s Corporate Governance Practice
S&C's cross-disciplinary corporate governance teams—which include lawyers from our preeminent M&A, capital markets, executive compensation, takeover defense and activism, shareholder litigation, cybersecurity and corporate investigations practice areas—offer the experience and insight to assist clients in effectively addressing the critical issues our clients face. In every area of corporate governance—from normal disclosures to extraordinary activist campaigns—we offer market-leading expertise honed from decades of experience.

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S&C’s Cybersecurity Practice
S&C's Cybersecurity Group advises companies on cybersecurity preparedness, incident response, disclosure controls and procedures, post-breach investigation, complex litigation and corporate governance in cybersecurity. We leverage our firm's cross-disciplinary expertise in advising Fortune 500 companies, regulated institutions and multinational corporations to accomplish our clients' cybersecurity objectives. Our clients also benefit from the substantial experience that several members of our group developed while serving in government before joining S&C.

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Learn more about Melissa Sawyer
Melissa Sawyer is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and is co-head of the Firm’s Corporate Governance & Activism Practice. In addition to advising clients on public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, she also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, activism and takeover defense matters. Ms. Sawyer’s experience spans multiple industries, including consumer and retail, industrials, medtech and insurance.
Named 2020 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer, Ms. Sawyer has been repeatedly recognized as a leading M&A adviser. 

 Learn more about Audra Cohen
Audra Cohen is co-Managing Partner of the Firm’s General Practice Group globally and serves as a co-head of the Firm’s Consumer & Retail and Power and Utility Groups. She has extensive experience representing clients on a broad range of merger and acquisition transactions, including public company mergers, private company transactions and spinoffs, and advising boards of directors on corporate governance and activism matters. As an active member of the Firm’s management, Ms. Cohen also serves on the Firm’s Diversity Committee.

Learn more about Nicky Friedlander
Nicole Friedlander is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Criminal Defense and Investigations Group and co-head of its Cybersecurity Practice. Ms. Friedlander represents clients in complex internal investigations, regulatory enforcement proceedings and criminal matters involving every aspect of white-collar crime, including fraud, FCPA, insider trading, theft of trade secrets, money laundering and tax matters. Ms. Friedlander also advises major corporations and Boards of Directors in cybersecurity planning and incident response. She currently serves as co-chair of the New York Chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association and as a member of the New York City Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee.
Ms. Friedlander joined the Firm in 2016 from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she was Chief of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit, and served for over eight years.