2017 Agenda
8:00–8:45 a.m.
8:45–9:00 a.m.
Edward R. Morrison, Charles Evans Gerber Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Co-Director of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University

Mitchell Presser, Partner and Head of US M&A, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
9:00–9:30 a.m.
Tom Wheeler, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
The networks that connect us also define us. As new technology changes the nature of 21st century networks, what threats and opportunities does it present? The recently retired Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission discusses the changing nature of networks and what that means about the changing nature of business.
9:30–10:45 a.m.
The Deal Environment
This panel will discuss what is going on in the deal environment looking at the key drivers that are impacting deal activity. The panel will look at whether technological change is driving deal activity. Which industries are affected most by the changes? The panel also will look at how global trade is driving deal activity, what impact de-globalization and nationalism will have on cross-border deals and take a closer look at which geographies are seeing the most activity and how we anticipate this will be affected by the Trump administration and Brexit.
Moderated by:
Bruce Evans, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions – Americas, Deutsche Bank
Martin Brand, Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group, Blackstone
Steven Lipin, Senior Partner, Brunswick Group
Valerie Mars, Senior Vice President & Head of Corporate Development for Mars Inc.
Avinash Mehrotra, Co-Head of M&A Shareholder Advisory & Activism Defense, Goldman Sachs
10:45–11:00 a.m.
11:00–11:30 a.m.
Industry Focus – Fintech
Stephen Zeldes talks to Jon Stein, founder and CEO of Betterment about how technology is changing the financial services sector and the future of Fintech.
Hosted by:
Stephen P. Zeldes, Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Economics and Finance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business
Joined by:
Jon Stein, Founder and CEO, Betterment
11:30–12:45 p.m.
Artificial Intelligence – The future for business
Utopia or apocalypse? Cutting through some of the typical narratives around AI to discuss what it is really going to mean, now and in the next few years. What are the breakthroughs that are really going to change businesses and what is the future for the industries experiencing the biggest disruptions from AI? 
Moderated by:
Erik German, journalist and producer of The New York Times’ Retro Report
Guruduth S. Banavar, Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Cognitive Computing at IBM
David Gelernter, Professor of Computer Science, Yale and Chief Scientist, Mirror Worlds Technologies
Ralf Herbrich, Director, Machine Learning Science at Amazon
Stan Humphries, Chief Analytics Officer, Zillow
12:45–2:00 p.m.
2:00–2:30 p.m.
Industry Focus – Telecommunications
Tim Wu, talks to Mike Fries about the changes, trends and future of telecommunications and media industries in the US and around the world.
Introduction by:
Aryeh Bourkoff, Founder and CEO of LionTree LLC
Hosted by:
Tim Wu, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School
Joined by:
Mike Fries, President and Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Global
2:30–3:00 p.m.
Industry Focus – Agriculture
Lutz Goedde talks to Mike Stern about the innovations, technology and data that are continuing to drive change in one of the world’s oldest and most essential industries. 
Introduction by:
Mitchell Presser, Partner and Head of US M&A, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hosted by:
Lutz Goedde, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company
Joined by:
Mike Stern, CEO, Climate Corporation and Vice President, Monsanto
3:00–3:15 p.m.
3.15–4:30 p.m.
Free trade in an era of polarization
Where is US and global trade headed in 2017 and beyond? We are already seeing the outline of the trade environment taking shape under the Trump administration. How do we think about the affects of US trade policy on global businesses, local businesses and workforce? But where will trade policies in the Eurozone land, post-Brexit? And how will all of these changes impact the international economy? What will be the effects on the global supply chain, and how will global businesses react?
Moderated by:
Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate and University Professor, Columbia University
Gov. Matt Blunt, President of the American Automotive Policy Council and the former governor of Missouri
Beth Ford, Group Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office, Land O'Lakes
Bruce Greenwald, Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management, Columbia Business School
Bruce Kaminstein, President, Casabella Holdings
Bruce S. Raynor, President Emeritus Of Workers United. Former President of Workers United and Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 
4:30–5:45 p.m.
Looking Ahead: Global Business in 2018
What can businesses expect in 2018 and how will recent and upcoming political and economic events – Brexit, technological advancements, rising anti-trade sentiment – change the global and domestic business landscape? How is technological advancement going to drive change? Which industries will be most impacted by technological advancements, and how will these advancements affect deal activity in those industries?
Moderated by:
Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times
Edward Braham, Senior Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Abby Joseph Cohen
, Senior Investment Strategist at Goldman Sachs
Marc-Anthony Hourihan, Co-Head of The Americas M&A Group, UBS
Alan Krueger, Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University
5:45–6:00 p.m.
Concluding remarks
Edward R. Morrison, Charles Evans Gerber Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Co-Director of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University

Mitchell Presser, Partner and Head of US M&A, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
6:00 p.m.
Cocktail reception