Webcast: Is Becoming a Public Benefit Corporation Right for Your Company?

June 28, 2022

While Public Benefit Corporations (PBCs) have been around for a decade, with the increasing importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations, their popularity has grown dramatically. Following the successful IPOs of several PBCs and the conversion of already publicly traded companies to PBCs over the past two years, many corporations are considering if becoming a PBC is right for them. In this webcast, lawyers from Gibson Dunn and Morris Nichols talk about what to consider when deciding if being a PBC is right for you. In particular, they discuss the following:

  • How is a PBC different from a traditional corporation?
  • How does a corporation become a PBC?
  • What are the requirements that come with being a PBC?
  • What are the risks and benefits of being a PBC?
  • What is the difference between a PBC and a B Corp?

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Stephen Glover is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office and has served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. Mr. Glover has an extensive practice representing public and private companies in complex mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, as well as other corporate matters. Mr. Glover’s clients include large public corporations, emerging growth companies and middle market companies in a wide range of industries. He also advises private equity firms, individual investors and others.

Julia Lapitskaya is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance practice group. Ms. Lapitskaya advises clients on a wide range of securities and corporate governance matters, with a focus on SEC and listing exchanges’ compliance and reporting requirements, corporate governance best practices, annual meeting matters, shareholder activism, board and committee matters, ESG and executive compensation disclosure issues, including as part of initial public offerings and spin-off transactions.

Harrison A. Korn is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he is a member of the firm’s corporate department. His practice focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions, the formation and operation of private equity and hedge funds, and capital markets and other corporate transactions, as well as general corporate matters, including securities law compliance and corporate governance.

Melissa DiVincenzo is a partner at the Wilmington, Delaware law firm Morris Nichols. Ms. DiVincenzo provides advice on corporate governance matters and private and public corporate transactions, including initial public offerings, mergers, asset sales, domestications, dissolutions and financing transactions. She has a specialized knowledge of Delaware law when structuring transactions and confronting complex or novel corporate issues.


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California attorneys may claim “self-study” credit for viewing the archived version of this webcast.  No certificate of attendance is required for California “self-study” credit.