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China map and flagDiplomats of the Public/Private Divide:  The Pivotal Role of Lawyer-Executives in Navigating Financial Services Reform

Friday, April 8, 2011, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Griswold 110, Harvard Law School

Lewis B. Kaden

Vice Chairman

Using the backdrop of Financial Regulatory Reform, this session will focus on the key roles that lawyers have played in influencing and shaping the results from the financial crisis. Specifically, how did having lawyers as part of the broader management team help during the heart of the crisis, the aftermath in creating reforms and in the current execution and implementation of the outcomes. What lessons can lawyers learn to better serve their constituencies when public and private issues converge as we have seen in the financial crisis and regulatory reform.

Lewis B. Kaden is vice chairman of Citigroup Inc. Mr. Kaden is also chairman of the Business Practices Committee, the Institutional Clients Group's Public Sector Group and the Citi Foundation. Mr. Kaden joined Citigroup in 2005 from Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he was a partner, whose practice included corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and advocacy before appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He regularly advised directors and senior management of major corporations on significant issues. Before joining Davis Polk in 1984, Mr. Kaden was a professor of law at Columbia University from 1976 to 1984 and director of Columbia's Center for Law and Economic Studies from 1980 to 1984. He has been adjunct professor of law since 1984. In 2005, he was appointed Covington and Burling Distinguished Visitor to Harvard Law School. From 1974 to 1976, Mr. Kaden was counsel to the governor of New Jersey. He has served as a moderator for the Public Broadcasting System's Media and Society Seminars, including the "Ethics in America" series, which won a Peabody Award.

Mr. Kaden is the lead independent director of ArcelorMittal and the chairman of the board of trustees of the Markle Foundation. He also serves as a trustee on the boards of Continuum Health Partners and The Century Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Dean's Advisory Board of Harvard Law School and a former chairman of the Harvard Law School Fund. He has also served as chairman of the United States Government Overseas Presence Advisory Panel (1999-2000), the Industrial Cooperation Council of the State of New York, and Governor Mario Cuomo's Commission on Competitiveness (1987-1992). He was the moderator of the Business-Labor Dialogue, a group of chief executive officers and trade union presidents organized by John F. Welch and John Sweeney.

Mr. Kaden graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. During 1963-64, he was the John Harvard Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.

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