Jonathan A. Shapiro, Head of West Coast Litigation for Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., will moderate a panel discussion presented by the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) entitled, “Has the Audit Committee Become the Everything-About-Risk Committee?” The program, sponsored by Mintz, is taking place at The City Club of San Francisco on April 21.
Audit Committees for years have tended to assume a disproportionate share of committee responsibility at many companies. In the wake of Enron and Sarbanes-Oxley, many Audit Committees have almost organically been tasked with looking at all the other new and different ‘risks’ that have presented themselves – IT and cyber-risks, anticorruption and market conduct, social media risks, etc. Mr. Shapiro will moderate a discussion among experienced directors and their advisors on how they are managing these challenges, and doing so without disrupting traditional Board governance balance.
Panelists include Evelyn Dilsaver, Independent Board Director, and Co-chair of NACD Northern California Chapter; Frank D. Yeary, Executive Chairman, CamberView Partners; and Matthew Perreault, CPA, Audit Partner, Partner-In-Charge of SEC Practice, Armanino LLP.
The NACD is the recognized authority focused on advancing exemplary board leadership and establishing leading boardroom practices. Informed by more than 35 years of experience, NACD delivers insights and resources that more than 15,000 corporate director members rely upon to make sound strategic decisions and confidently confront complex business challenges. NACD provides world-class director education programs, national peer exchange forums, and proprietary research to promote director professionalism, ultimately enhancing the economic sustainability of the enterprise and bolstering stakeholder confidence.
Mr. Shapiro’s practice is focused on the defense of business and securities litigation and government enforcement actions. He has successfully litigated class actions, challenges to corporate transactions and governance, and other matters regarding allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, including jury and bench trials. Mr. Shapiro’s clients include public and financial services companies, officers and directors, and investment bankers. He also serves as counsel defending and conducting internal investigations to those subject to enforcement action under the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, FINRA, and other government agencies and self-regulatory organizations.