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Donna M. Hitscherich '90, Moderator
Director, Private Equity Program, Columbia Business School
Senior Lecturer in Discipline Finance and Economics
Professor Donna M. Hitscherich was appointed as director of the Private Equity Program in October 2010. Professor Hitscherich now serves as Senior Lecturer in the Finance and Economics division, a position she has held since 2008 after a nearly twenty year career in investment banking and law. Professor Hitscherich teaches Corporate Finance, Advanced Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Law in the MBA and Executive MBA programs. From 1988 through 1990, Professor Hitscherich was an assistant professor of law at St. John's University School of Law, where she taught Federal Securities Regulation and Legal Ethics.
Prior to her present position at Columbia, Professor Hitscherich had a career in investment banking, during which she held positions at CS First Boston, J. P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated and Banc of America Securities. Prior to her career in investment banking, Professor Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Her research interests include mergers and acquisitions, valuation and fairness opinions. She was a member of the St. John's Law Review, and she is admitted to the Bar in the State of New York.
Robert J. Jackson
Columbia Law School
Professor of Law and director of the Program on Corporate Law and Policy
Robert J. Jackson Jr. is a Professor of Law and director of the Program on Corporate Law and Policy at Columbia Law School. His research emphasizes empirical study of executive compensation and corporate governance matters.
Before joining the faculty in 2010, Jackson served as an adviser to senior officials at the Department of the Treasury and in the Office of the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation. Before that, Jackson practiced in the executive compensation department of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz.
Jackson has testified about his work before the U.S. Senate, and his research has been the subject of rulemaking commentary before several federal agencies, including the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
His most recent projects include the first study to examine the time delays of corporate filings posted to the Securities Exchange Commission's EDGAR website, its FTP server, and the PDF subscription service; the first study of the effect of mandatory disclosures required by the JOBS Act on trading by individual investors; the first empirical study of incentives throughout the managerial hierarchy of a large investment bank (“Stock Unloading and Banker Incentives,” 112 Columbia Law Review 951, 2012); and the first comprehensive study of CEO pay in firms owned by private equity (“Private Equity and Executive Compensation,” 60 UCLA Law Review 638, 2013). Jackson has also written about corporate spending on politics (“Corporate Political Speech: Who Decides?” (with Lucian A. Bebchuk), 124 Harvard Law Review 83, 2010), and co-chaired a group of legal academics that has petitioned the SEC to make rules requiring U.S. public companies to disclose such spending.
In 2012, Law School students honored Jackson with the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Also in 2012, Jackson moderated a Fred Friendly Seminar on Financial Innovation in conjunction with Columbia Business School.
Clay A. Littlefield
Alston & Bird
Clay Littlefield is a partner in the firm’s Federal & International Tax Group whose clients include both U.S. and foreign companies and individuals. Clay regularly advises U.S. and foreign financial institutions and private funds on the tax and legal aspects of various structuring alternatives and investment product proposals. Clay also regularly provides counsel and advice to U.S. and foreign clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, distressed debt arrangements and real estate and corporate finance issues.
Prior to joining Alston & Bird, Clay was an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Associate Chief Counsel, Division of Financial Institutions and Products, and has experience in and regularly advises clients on issues involving banks, structured finance transactions, asset-backed securitizations, hedging and the tax aspects of various derivative financial instruments.
Jeffrey Rojek `96
Global Lead Partner
Jeff Rojek is a 20+ year partner at KPMG and is the Global Lead Partner on a number of the Firm’s most significant Private Equity client relationships. Jeff’s experience at KPMG includes Lead Partner roles on the Firm’s Global Banking clients, four years living Asia leading our large financial services relationships, and two years in KPMG’s National Office. In 2008 Jeff joined GLG Partners Inc., a NYSE listed alternative asset manager with $26B of AUM, as their Chief Financial officer. After successfully selling GLG to the Man Group in 2011, Jeff rejoined KPMG in 2013. He has an MBA from Columbia ’96 and a BS from Fordham University ’91.