New York — Sidley Austin LLP announced today that it has expanded its Corporate Governance practice with the addition of Holly J. Gregory. Ms. Gregory joins Sidley as a partner and a global coordinator of the Corporate Governance practice. She is based in the firm’s New York office.

Ms. Gregory regularly counsels clients on the full range of governance issues, including fiduciary duties, risk oversight, conflicts of interest, board and committee structure, and board leadership structures. She also provides counsel on special committee investigations, board audits and self-evaluation processes, shareholder initiatives, proxy contests, and governance best practices. Ms. Gregory was instrumental in the drafting of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and also drafted the NACD Key Agreed Principles of Corporate Governance. In addition, she has advised the Internal Market Directorate of the European Commission on corporate governance regulation. 

“Holly is very well-known and respected for her deep experience in helping companies and their boards navigate the complexities that have evolved as a result of changing regulations and an increased scrutiny into corporate governance practices,” said John P. Kelsh, partner and a global coordinator of the firm’s Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation practice. “She will be a valued asset and we welcome her to our team.”

Ms. Gregory is a highly sought-after speaker and lecturer on governance topics, and has spoken at events in Europe and Asia that were sponsored by the U.S. State Department, International Corporate Governance Network, The Conference Board, and the National Association of Corporate Directors, among others. She also writes a well-regarded monthly column on governance issues for Practical Law: The Journal.

 “We are pleased to welcome Holly to Sidley,” said Michael J. Schmidtberger, managing partner of the firm’s New York office. “Her experience providing the highest-level counsel to publicly-traded corporations, privately-held entities and their individual executives will allow her to immediately add value to our client engagements. We look forward to her many contributions.”

Ms. Gregory serves by invitation on the ABA Corporate Laws Committee and as co-chair of the Delaware Business Law Forum. She was founding co-chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Subcommittee on International Corporate Governance Development. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School where she taught a course on corporate governance in the Fall 2013 semester. She is recognized for her governance work, including being named by Euromoney as the best in Corporate Governance at its inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2012. She also was named among the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance” (NACD 100) by Directorship Magazine in 2013 and all prior years since its inception, and as a “leading practitioner in corporate governance” in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers for 2013 and in prior years.

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