Speed Reading: Checklist for New Directors (PDF)
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This article is a checklist of five basic steps that new directors should take when they join a company's board. The checklist is also intended for use by in-house lawyers and corporate secretaries who are charged with ensuring that new directors are integrated into a board's activities.
Frank Aquila is co-head of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's global corporate practice. He is a regular advisor to global leaders, such as Amgen, British Airways, Diageo and Anheuser-Busch InBev. Mr. Aquila represented InBev in its unsolicited acquisition of Anheuser-Busch to form Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer. He received Burton Awards for Legal Achievement in 2005 and 2010. Mr. Aquila was recently named a "Dealmaker of the Year" by the American Lawyer in 2009 and received the 2010 Atlas Award as the Global M&A Lawyer of the Year.
Melissa Sawyer is a partner in the Sullivan & Cromwell LLP Mergers & Acquisitions Group. Her practice has focused on a variety of corporate, M&A and private equity matters in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Sawyer was featured in "The Facebook of Wall Street's Future" (New York Times, October 3, 2007) as one of Wall Street's "next generation of deal makers", and she recently has been recognized by the M&A Advisor as one of their "40 Under 40" Dealmakers and by the New York Super Lawyer's Magazine as a "Rising Star". She received her B.A. degree from Washington & Lee University and her J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.
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