Widener Law’s Annual Pileggi Lecture Considers “Delaware’s Choice”

Widener University School of Law announced that Guhan Subramanian, the Joseph Flom Professor of Law & Business at Harvard Law School, delivered the 2013 Annual Francis G. Pileggi Distinguished Lecture in Law. This is the 29th year of this Lecture Series.

The title of this year’s lecture was, “Delaware’s Choice,” and was presented on Friday, Nov. 22 in the du Barry room of the Hotel du Pont at 11th and Market Streets in Wilmington. The Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law provided a synopsis of this year’s lecture. Professor Subramanian provided an overview of his presentation on the Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Forum with links to related commentary.

Frank Reynolds of Thomson Reuters also penned a helpful overview of the Lecture.

Highlights of the lectures from prior years were provided on these pages here, here and here.

Subramanian, who also serves as the Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law at Harvard Business School, discussed Delaware’s antitakeover statute, DGCL Section 203, its constitutionality and the merits of amending it to strengthen it against a possible legal challenge.

Subramanian is the first person in the history of Harvard University to hold tenured appointments to both the law school and the business school. His research explores topics in corporate governance and negotiations, and he has published articles in the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Business Review and the Harvard Law Review. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and The American Lawyer. His book “Dealmaking: The New Strategy of Negotiauctions” has been translated into five other languages. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty he spent three years at McKinsey & Company.

The annual Pileggi lecture is presented by Widener Law and the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. The series has attracted many renowned speakers in the area of corporate law since the first Pileggi lecture in 1986. As in the past, this year’s program has been approved in Delaware for one continuing legal education credit and in Pennsylvania for one substantive continuing legal education credit.

The event each year is made possible by the generosity of Francis G. Pileggi, a founding attorney of Pileggi & Pileggi and father of Widener Law alumnus Francis G.X. Pileggi, who conceived of the idea while he was on the law review in order to create a corporate law forum for practitioners, judges and academics.