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Richard
Fields

Counsel & Director, Corp. Stakeholder Engagement
Corporate, Finance and Investments


Rich Fields advises public company boards of directors, C-suite executives, and in-house counsel on issues related to corporate governance, board leadership, and stakeholder engagement. 

Rich’s expertise includes board composition and leadership, effective disclosure, activist and other shareholder interventions, contested situations, shareholder and other stakeholder engagement, board and director evaluations, ESG issues, governance policies, and other complex issues involving boards and corporate leaders. 

Rich is an authority on corporate governance and board leadership and a sought-out author and speaker.  He is regularly quoted in publications such as the New York Times, Agenda, The Deal, Ethical Boardroom, Governance Minutes, and C-Suite Insight, has lectured at a corporate governance course at Harvard University, and presented at events for the Society of Corporate Governance, Corporate Board Member, Equilar, NYSE Governance, and others.  He has authored chapters on corporate governance in each edition of "The Handbook of Board Governance."  Rich was one of four global winners of the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership’s Rising Star of Corporate Governance Award in 2015.

Rich co-chaired the Shareholder-Director Exchange Working Group and was a principal architect of the SDX Protocol, a guide for shareholder engagement supported by investors today representing more than $15 trillion in assets under management. 

Prior to joining King & Spalding, Rich was a partner at Tapestry Networks where he worked closely with the chairs of compensation and audit committees, independent board chairs and lead directors, and the stewardship leaders of the world’s largest asset managers.  At Tapestry, he led scores of roundtable dialogues for board leaders, senior governance professionals, regulators, political leaders and other key players in the corporate governance and shareholder landscape.

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Credentials

B.A., Clark University, magna cum laude

J.D., University of Chicago Law School, with honors

Massachusetts

Supreme Court of the United States

American Bar Association

Council of Institutional Investors

Society for Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance Rising Star


Millstein Center 2015

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Recognition

Corporate Governance Rising Star


Millstein Center 2015

Matters

Drafted corporate governance and other ESG disclosures for proxy statements

Successfully appealed proxy voting recommendations at major institutional investors

Prepared board members for engagement with institutional investors

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Drafted corporate governance and other ESG disclosures for proxy statements

Successfully appealed proxy voting recommendations at major institutional investors

Prepared board members for engagement with institutional investors

Conducted interview-based board, committee, and director evaluations

Briefed Fortune 500 legal department on ESG rating frameworks

Briefed board on oversight of corporate culture

Assisted board in issues related to board succession and recruitment

Assisted board with governance and stakeholder issues related to CEO transition

Identified, recruited, and evaluated new board members for large public company

Counseled company enhancing its clawback and forfeiture policies

Advised company dealing with complicated disclosure and blackout window issues

Matters

Drafted corporate governance and other ESG disclosures for proxy statements

Successfully appealed proxy voting recommendations at major institutional investors

Prepared board members for engagement with institutional investors

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Matters

Drafted corporate governance and other ESG disclosures for proxy statements

Successfully appealed proxy voting recommendations at major institutional investors

Prepared board members for engagement with institutional investors

Conducted interview-based board, committee, and director evaluations

Briefed Fortune 500 legal department on ESG rating frameworks

Briefed board on oversight of corporate culture

Assisted board in issues related to board succession and recruitment

Assisted board with governance and stakeholder issues related to CEO transition

Identified, recruited, and evaluated new board members for large public company

Counseled company enhancing its clawback and forfeiture policies

Advised company dealing with complicated disclosure and blackout window issues

Credentials

B.A., Clark University, magna cum laude

J.D., University of Chicago Law School, with honors

Massachusetts

Supreme Court of the United States

American Bar Association

Council of Institutional Investors

Society for Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance Rising Star


Millstein Center 2015

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Close

Recognition

Corporate Governance Rising Star


Millstein Center 2015