Claudia H. Allen, a nationally recognized expert on corporate governance, is a Senior Advisor with KPMG’s Board Leadership Center, where she brings extensive experience advising boards, management and investors in public and private companies on corporate governance matters and related issues, such as shareholder activism and engagement, board/committee process and structure and fiduciary duties. Prior to joining the Center, she was a partner and co-chair of the Corporate Governance practice at the national law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where she also represented public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions and securities matters.
Claudia is a frequent writer and speaker on corporate governance issues, and has made presentations to the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, Institutional Shareholder Services’ Governance Exchange, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the National Investor Relations Institute, Practical Law Institute and the Society for Corporate Governance, among others. She has also appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch and Squawk on the Street.
Claudia’s landmark studies of forum selection provisions in charters and bylaws and majority voting in director elections have been widely cited, including by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Report of the New York Stock Exchange Commission on Corporate Governance.
Claudia is a fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel, Reporter for the Model Business Corporation Act, special consultant to the American Bar Association’s Corporate Laws Committee, member of the Executive Committee for the Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute at Northwestern University Law School, and co-chair of the Coordinating Committee for the Delaware Business Law Forum.
Claudia is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale and received her J.D. from Columbia University Law School where she was a James Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.