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Implementing and Maintaining an ESG program in an Evolving ESG Environment
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Length: 75 Minutes


Quality Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) programs are increasingly a necessity for companies.  This session, which features speakers from diverse practice settings, will consider:

  1. Perspectives on how to implement a successful ESG Program – from strategy and operations to governance;
  2. How an ESG program aligns with corporate opportunities, feasibility of implementation, and the role of general counsel or chief legal officers;
  3. Creating internal consensus on ESG programs and priorities;
  4. How to decide to focus more on E or S or G (or not);
  5. Hot topics is ESG for Fall 2021 and what is being seen in the market.

Jonathan B. Newton, King & Spalding LLP

Jonathan Newton has 26+ years of experience as a corporate lawyer representing clients in a broad range of transactional matters, including M&A, securities offerings and SEC reporting obligations. Mr. Newton regularly counsels C-suite executives and Board members on corporate governance and other advisory matters. He also has extensive experience with internal corporate restructurings, venture capital financings and joint ventures. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Newton served for 10 years as commissioner on the Finance Commission of Texas, which oversees banks, savings and loan institutions and consumer credit matters. Mr. Newton speaks Spanish fluently.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Newton served for 10 years as commissioner on the Finance Commission of Texas, which oversees banks, savings and loan institutions and consumer credit matters. Mr. Newton speaks Spanish fluently.

F. Reid Avett, Womble Bond Dickinson

Reid is a practical, results-oriented attorney with significant business  background and over 15 years of creative problem-solving experience in corporate matters. He acts as outside general counsel to public and private companies and their boards of directors in connection with general corporate governance and compliance, board and stockholder meetings, stockholder activism and engagement, shareholder proposal and proxy matters, corporate minutes, stock option plans and restricted stock agreements, poison pill plans, employment agreements, license agreements, joint venture agreements, consulting agreements and indemnification agreements.


Reid has significant experience representing corporate issuers and underwriters in securities transactions that include registered public equity and debt financings (IPO, primary debt, follow-on, shelf, debt exchange offers), PIPE transactions, and traditional private placements. He also counsels and represents public companies in connection with initial and continued listing on NASDAQ and NYSE and regulatory compliance, including reviewing, drafting, and filing required periodic filings (10-K, 10-Q, 8-K and Proxy Statements) and beneficial ownership statements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Schedules 13D and 13G; Forms 3, 4 and 5).


In addition, Reid has a long track record advising clients on  communications law issues with a particular emphasis on noncommercial broadcasters. He handles a full range of FCC regulatory, transactional and related business issues for his clients in this area, which include nonprofit media companies, public broadcasters and those engaged in educational telecommunications.

Castlen Kennedy, Apache Corporation
Kathryn Pavlovsky, Deloitte
Gregory Reppucci, Morrow Sodali

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