Holly J. Gregory

Holly J. Gregory

Partner, Sidley Austin

Holly J. Gregory is a partner in Sidley’s New York office, and is co-global coordinator of the firm’s Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation group. Holly 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 initiatives, proxy contests, relationships with shareholders and proxy advisory firms, compliance with legislative, regulatory and listing rule requirements, and governance “best practice.”

Ms. Gregory 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 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, National Association of Corporate Directors (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 monthly governance column for Practical Law: The Journal.

Ms. Gregory is founding co-chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Subcommittee on International Corporate Governance Developments and serves by invitation on the ABA Corporate Laws Committee and as co-chair of the Delaware Business Law Forum of the Business Law Section. She co-chaired the ABA task force that issued the 6th edition of the ABA Corporate Directors Guidebook (April 2011) and chaired the ABA task force that delivered the Report on the Delineation of Governance Roles & Responsibilities to Congress and the SEC in August, 2009. She also currently serves as Vice-Chair of the ABA’s Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Gregory is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, teaching a course on Corporate Governance in the Fall 2013 term. She has served on a number of the NACD’s Blue Ribbon Commissions. She has served as pro bono counsel to the New York City Opera, the New York Junior League, and other not for profit institutions. Ms. Gregory served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger J. Miner, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Ms. Gregory served on the Board of Trustees of New York Law School from 2009 through 2011.

Ms. Gregory is widely recognized for her governance work, including most recently as: the best in Corporate Governance at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2012; the leading practitioner in corporate governance law in the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law (July 2010); among the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance” (NACD/Directorship 100), Directorship Magazine, 2013 and prior years; and a “Leading Practitioner in Corporate Governance” in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers, 2013 and prior years.

She earned her B.A. from State University of New York – Purchase College and her J.D. from New York Law School.