Holly J. Gregory

Co-Chair, Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation, Sidley Austin

Holly Gregory is co-chair of Sidley Austin LLP’s global Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation practice, and also co-leads its ESG team and Crisis Management team. She counsels publicly held, private and not-for-profit corporations on the full range of governance issues. While most of the matters she works on are highly confidential, high-profile matters that are in the public record include advising the Business Roundtable on its 2019 Statement on the Purpose of the Corporation, advising on governance and accountability mechanisms of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to replace U.S. government oversight, and advising the Board of The Pennsylvania State University on governance reforms.

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.

Holly is a founding trustee and President of The American College of Governance Counsel, and is a member of The American Law Institute. She served as chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Corporate Governance Committee, and currently serves on the ABA Business Law Section Council. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and has been a member of multiple NACD Blue Ribbon Commissions.

In addition to her legal practice and policy efforts, Holly has lectured extensively on governance topics and writes the governance column for Practical Law: The Journal. A summa cum laude graduate of New York Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Roger J. Miner, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Holly is widely recognized for her work, including as: among the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance” (NACD/Directorship 100), Directorship Magazine, 2020 and all prior years (14 years total); a “Leading Practitioner in Corporate Governance” in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers, 2019 and prior years; and a “Thought Leader” in the Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – M&A and Governance 2019.

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