Holly J. Gregory

Gregory, Holly J.


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New York, New York 10019
+1 212 839 5853

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Holly J. Gregory


HOLLY J. GREGORY, co-leader of Sidley’s global Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation practice, counsels clients on the full range of governance issues, including fiduciary duties, risk oversight, conflicts of interest, board and committee structure, board leadership structures, special committee investigations, board audits and self-evaluation processes, shareholder activism and initiatives, proxy contests, relationships with shareholders and proxy advisory firms, compliance with legislative, regulatory and listing rule requirements, and governance “best practice.” She is frequently called on to advise boards regarding highly confidential, sensitive and unusual matters.

Holly played a key role in drafting the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and has advised the Internal Market Directorate of the European Commission on corporate governance regulation, and the joint OECD/World Bank Global Corporate Governance Forum on governance policy for developing and emerging markets. She also drafted the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Key Agreed Principles of Corporate Governance.

In addition to her legal practice and policy efforts, she has lectured extensively on governance topics, including at events in Europe and Asia sponsored by the U.S. State Department, International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), The Conference Board, the NACD, Association of Corporate Counsel, Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, and Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). The author of numerous articles on governance topics, she writes the governance column for Practical Law: The Journal.

Holly began a three-year term as Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section’s Corporate Governance Committee in September 2014. She is founding co-chair of that Committee’s Subcommittee on International Corporate Governance Developments and serves as co-chair of the ABA Delaware Business Law Forum. She recently completed a six-year term on the ABA Corporate Laws Committee, where she co-chaired the task force that issued the Sixth Edition of the ABA Corporate Directors Guidebook (April 2011). She also chaired the ABA task force that delivered the Report on the Delineation of Governance Roles & Responsibilities to Congress and the SEC in August 2009. Holly is a Founding Trustee and Fellow of The American College of Governance Counsel. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and as a  member of multiple NACD Blue Ribbon Commissions.

Holly clerked for the Honorable Roger J. Miner, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. A summa cum laude graduate of New York Law School and Executive Editor of its Law Review, Holly served on the Board of Trustees of New York Law School from 2009 through 2011.

Holly is widely recognized for her work, including as: among the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance” (NACD/Directorship 100), Directorship Magazine, 2016 and all prior years;  the “Best in Corporate Governance” at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2016 and at the 2012 inaugural Awards; the leading practitioner in corporate governance law in the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law (July 2010); one of “the best and brightest minds in the legal profession” in Ethisphere’s 2015 Attorneys Who Matter; and a “Leading Practitioner in Corporate Governance” in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers, 2016 and prior years.

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