2024 Conversations with Bob Mundheim Welcomes National Leaders in Business and Law

Jan. 22, 2024
University of Arizona Law Courtyard
Robert Mundheim

The annual speaker series from professor of Corporate Law and Finance Robert Mundheim, Conversations with Bob Mundheim returns this semester and welcomes its first guest on Monday, January 22. 

Mundheim moderates informal conversations with national leaders in business and law, relating their experiences in and perspectives about corporate governance, markets, ethics, and career development. The series is free and open to the public and will be of particular interest to law and business students.  

All sessions take place noon-1:15 p.m. at University of Arizona Law, registration is required, please RSVP to Shannon Walker at sawalker@arizona.edu to reserve your spot.  

2024 Schedule  

January 22: Byron Boston 

Byron Boston is CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Dynex Capital, a leading Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with more than $5 billion in managed assets. Over the past 15 years, he has built Dynex Capital into a top-performing mortgage REIT that has outperformed the S&P 500 Financials, FTSE NAREIT, and Russell 2000 Indexes. Previously, he held several executive leadership positions in real estate finance, asset management, and investment banking, successfully building two public companies. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he served as vice president and co-manager of Freddie Mac and held positions dealing with mortgage-backed and pass-through securities at global financial institutions including Lehman Brothers and CS First Boston. 

January 29: Edward Rock 

The Martin Lipton Professor of Law at NYU Law, Edward Rock’s main areas of teaching and research are corporate law and corporate governance. In his many articles, he has written about poison pills, politics and corporate law, hedge funds, corporate voting, proxy access, corporate federalism and mergers and acquisitions, among other things. In addition to teaching and research, he is the director of NYU’s Institute for Corporate Governance & Finance and the Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Corporate Governance. He spent the first part of his teaching career at the University of Pennsylvania where he served as Co-Director of the Institute for Law and Economics (1998–2010), as Associate Dean (2006–08), and as Senior Advisor to the President and Provost and Director of Open Course Initiatives (2012–15).  

*February 21: Bob Hoyt 

Bob Hoyt is Group Chief Legal Officer of HSBC Holdings PLC. From 2013 to 2020 he was at Barclays PLC, where he served as Group General Counsel, overseeing global engagement with regulators and policymakers, as well as all legal issues at the bank. Prior to that, he was General Counsel and Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer for Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group, leading its legal, government and regulatory matters. Between 2006 and 2009, he served as General Counsel and a Senior Policy Advisor to Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He also served as Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to U.S. President George W. Bush. At the start of his career, he clerked at the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. 

*Different day and time this week only – Wednesday at 3:00 

March 11: Simon M. Lorne 

Simon Lorne serves as the vice chairman and chief legal officer at Millennium Management, LLC, overseeing its compliance, legal, regulatory, and internal audit functions. Previously, Mr. Lorne served as a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson. In 1996, he became a managing director at Salomon Brothers, where he served as global head of Internal Audit. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Lorne was the general counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He is an independent director of Teledyne Technologies Inc., and as Chairman of the Alternative Investment Management Association. He is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as an Adviser to the Restatement of the Law of Corporate Governance. 

March 18: Eric F. Grossman 

Eric F. Grossman is Morgan Stanley’s Chief Legal Officer and Chief Administrative Officer and a member of the firm’s operating and management committees. As Chief Administrative Officer he is responsible for Community Affairs, Corporate Affairs, Global Sustainable Finance, and the Multicultural Client Strategy Group. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2006 as global head of litigation, he was a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell. He clerked for the Honorable Richard J. Cardamone, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, from 1993-1994. He is the president of the board of directors of Advocates for Children of New York. He also co-chairs the New York State Business Council for Access to Justice and is a vice chair of the Serve America Movement. 

April 8: John J. Cannon III

John Cannon is a senior member of the Compensation, Governance and ERISA Group and co-chair of Shearman & Sterling’s Corporate Governance Advisory Group. In his practice, he focuses on all aspects of compensation and benefits, including ERISA and corporate, securities, bankruptcy, employment, and tax laws. He has extensive experience in executive compensation and corporate governance matters, Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley, and the compensation issues raised in the mergers and acquisitions context. Cannon joined Shearman & Sterling in 1985 and became a partner in 1994. He is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as an Adviser to the Restatement of the Law of Corporate Governance.  

April 15: Peter M. Mundheim 

Peter Mundheim is a managing director and counsel of Stone Point Capital, a private equity firm based in Greenwich, Conn., that makes investments in the financial services industry. Peter joined Stone Point in 2001. Prior to joining Stone Point, he was a corporate attorney at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City, where his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions. Before Cleary, he served as a law clerk for Chancellor William T. Allen in the Delaware Court of Chancery. He has served on the board of directors of many Stone Point portfolio companies, including Auction.com, PURE Insurance, Rialto Capital Management, SitusAMC, and ZC Sterling.