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 WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Governance, disclosure and other top issues of the 1990s involving corporations and their investors will highlight keynote sessions, panel discussions and workshops at the spring conference of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), taking place June 8 - 10 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.
 The two-dimensional conference will delve into the shareholder issues facing companies and the strategies being advanced to help corporations improve relationships with their investors. The two and one-half day conference is divided into three plenary morning sessions and a series of afternoon workshops.
 Speakers and panelists include prominent authorities on the investment and corporate sides as well as noted writers, government officials, academics and specialists in disclosure, investment practice, and corporate governance.
 Participants in the first morning session on shaping disclosure policy and practice include noted short-seller Joseph L. Feshbach; ALZA Corporation Chief Executive Officer Martin S. Gerstel; Wall Street Journal Bureau Chief Steve J. Sansweet; Sarah P. MacDowall, vice president of Capital Guardian Research; attorney William Lerach, partner in Milberg Weiss Bershad Specthrie & Lerach; Paul A. Renne, partner in Cooley Godward Castro Huddleson & Tatum; and Peter W. Wallace, senior vice president of Hambrecht & Quist. Moderator will be Harvey L. Pitt, noted authority on disclosure, who is a partner with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.
 As part of the disclosure discussion, Baruch I. Lev, professor of business administration at the University of California, will discuss new research on the positive effect of corporate communication on the cost of capital.
 Talking on the economics of corporate governance as the featured luncheon speaker the first day will be Michael T. Jacobs, author of the book, Short Term America and director of corporate finance for Kurt Salmon Associates. Afternoon workshops will focus on designing a disclosure policy and cover experiences of a number of companies in communicating in the current disclosure environment.
 Valuation approaches being used by the investment community and by companies will be discussed the second morning. These sessions will show how institutional investors value companies and how consultants help companies understand the investment valuation processes. Investor relations officers of companies dealing actively with the valuation process will describe their experiences.
 Afternoon workshops are designed to help companies target four prime investor segments -- institutions, individuals, international investors and debt investors.
 The third morning general session will cover contemporary corporate governance issues. The panel will include: Joseph A. Grundfest, former Securities & Exchange Commission member and now associate professor of law at Stanford University; James E. Heard, president of Institutional Shareholder Services; Richard H. Koppes, general counsel of the California Public Employees Retirement System; George B. Paulin, vice president of Frederic W. Cook & Co.; and John C. Wilcox, managing director of Georgeson & Company Inc. Moderating will be Judy Dobrzynski, senior editor of Business Week.
 The National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), now in its 22nd year, is a professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants responsible for communication between corporate management, shareholders, security analysts and other financial publics. NIRI is dedicated to meeting the growing professional development needs of the IR practitioner.
 Founded in 1969, NIRI is an international organization with over 2,300 members. NIRI's membership represents most of the largest U.S. publicly held companies and an increasing number of companies traded over-the-counter. NIRI is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
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