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Tags: Business / Economics & Finance / Investing & Venture Capital / Management / Leadership

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Lawrence Cunningham, a leading authority on corporate culture and governance, is well-known for his distinctive expertise about Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway. This dates to the 1996 publication of his worldwide best-selling book in collaboration with Mr. Buffett, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, which has sold a half-million copies. Cunningham was also the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Corporate Directors

An experienced professional lecturer based at George Washington University, Cunningham has addressed audiences ranging from corporate boards, management groups and investor societies to stock exchanges, rotary clubs, and book groups.  

Cunningham draws on his wealth of writings, which include acclaimed books, such as The AIG Story (with Hank Greenberg), Quality Investing (with AKO Capital), and Berkshire Beyond Buffett, along with dozens of influential research articles and scores of essays appearing in such periodicals as The Financial Times, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal as well as Directors & Boards, Directorship, and Financial History.  

Cunningham, a sought-after consultant for corporations and boards, has advised and served on the boards of numerous public and private companies and nonprofits. These include Constellation Software (Toronto Stock Exchange), a leading global operator of hundreds of vertical software market companies, and Ashford Hospitality Prime (New York Stock Exchange), a real estate investment trust focused on luxury hotels, as well as the Dean’s Council of Lerner College of Business of the University of Delaware and the Editorial Board of the Museum of American Finance.  

Previous positions include practicing corporate law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore and serving as of counsel for Roberts, Sheridan & Kotel; Vice Dean of Boston College Law School; and Director of the Heyman Center on Corporate Governance.  Cunningham has taught 5,000 students governance, deals, finance, and mergers/acquisitions in 7 U.S. universities (Boston College, Columbia, Fordham, GW, St. John’s, Vanderbilt and Yeshiva) and several abroad (Central European, Hebrew, Navarra, Oxford).

An innovator in education, Cunningham developed the graduate international program at Boston College, an Oxford program for Cardozo/Yeshiva University, and the New York program for GW Law, all being student-focused with strong student outcomes as well as both academic and economic profit centers for the host university.

Prof. Cunningham holds a bachelor’s degree in economics (with honors) from the University of Delaware and a Juris Doctor (law) degree from Cardozo Law School (magna cum laude). He was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Girard College High School in Philadelphia. He has lived his entire adult life in New York City, where he continues to reside with his wife and two daughters.

Topics

The Berkshire Hathaway Model

Cunningham has given numerous addresses on this broad topic, with each tailored to suit the perspective of the particular audience, such as investors, managers, boards of directors, governance advisers, and the informed general public.

Within that broad framework, the following outline of perspectives and themes can be stated:

  1. Internal: acquisitions & investments, autonomy, decentralization, self-reliance, trust, permanence, and passion;
  2. External: opportunism, thrift, friendship, and pragmatism;
  3. Assessment: blemishes, bruises, net gains, and takeaways.  

Getting the Most Out of People

Highlighting principles of autonomy and decentralization, in contrast to commands and controls, for optimal organizational performance, drawing on lessons from Berkshire as well as other far-flung organizations.

Quality Investing

Draws on Cunningham’s book of that title, presenting the science and art of analyzing outstanding global businesses for long-term investing success, illustrating with Unilever, L’Oreal, Hermes, Diago, and Ryanair, and stressing fundamentals such as strong management, high returns on capital, congenial industry structure, competitive advantage and innovative pattern recognition such as recurring revenue, friendly middlemen, toll roads, pricing power, forward integrators, market share gainers and corporate culture.  The practice of quality investing is akin to the Buffett/Berkshire philosophy.

Attracting the Right Investors

Draws on Cunningham’s articles and current research on how Berkshire Hathaway assembled the most loyal and patient shareholder group in history and how other managers can benefit from following suit.

The cultivation strategy stresses principles such as long-term horizons, management-shareholder partnership mentality, and devices such as investor outreach and communications through annual meetings and letters, policies on dividends, splits, and stock pricing and other strategies for achieving self-selection for shareholders who are patient and loyal.    

Value Investing

Lawrence Cunningham can address multiple aspects of this rich broad topic in a variety of formats, including highlighting the traditional Buffett-Graham principles: margin of safety, circle of competence, Mr. Market and how markets work, valuation and rationality versus emotion, patience, managerial quality, long-term thinking.

Mr. Cunningham can include a focus on particular asset classes and may include examples.

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  • "Brilliant delivery. Cunningham covered all of the book's topics using solely Q&A format. An engaging and impressive performance." Elliot Trexler Founder, GLOBAL RETURN Asset Management & Vice-Chair, Value Investing Committee, New York Society of Security Analysts
  • "A very animated and likeable speaker, Cunningham keeps every member of the audience engaged with a well-honed presentation." Bruce Kelley CEO, EMC Insurance Co. & President, Rotary Club International (Des Moines)
  • "Engaging, entertaining, and informative. Cunningham has all the rich research content of an author and law professor combined with the dynamic presentation style of a professional motivational speaker." Robert P. Miles Director, Value Investor Conference and Charlie Munger Summit

Research and writing for my new book,, QUALITY SHAREHOLDERS, coming to closure. Book will be released in mid/late 2020. A preview is here in my keynote at the 2019 Value Investing Conference | Keynote Speaker: Lawrence A. Cunningham https://t.co/cdDR6USqQu via @YouTube

The Essays of Warren Buffett is out, in its 5th edition! Hard to believe what started in 1995 as an idea for an academic conference has gone on to influence a few generations of investors and managers. Let the run continue! https://t.co/YJUDcKb9BJ

In this CNBC report, I explain how Warren Buffett thoughts on life draw on the philosophy developed by John Rawls in "A Theory of Justice"https://t.co/4KXlvE9XTL

Sounds like fun! I'll be doing the same this afternoon in a room nearby at GW Law!

@anatalonbeck There are many amazing casebooks to choose from, but only one refers in a single squib to both the Epic of Gilgamesh & Star Wars.

Delighted to announce we will release a new edition of The Essays of Warren Buffett in the fall. Thanks to all fans of this classic for continued support. https://t.co/MwlecYR43F

We're excited to announce two more #audiobooks from Harriman House!

The Warren Buffett Shareholder by @CunninghamProf and Stephanie Cuba https://t.co/BApjcpi1Ua

Quality Investing by Lawrence A. Cunningham, Torkell T. Eide and Patrick Hargreaves https://t.co/BApjcpi1Ua

Nuestra conferencia online, Meet-the-Author Summer Forum, pondrá en contacto a famosos autores como @AswathDamodaran @jeff_gramm @mjmauboussin @FParames con nuestros miembros.

Thanks for putting The Buffett Essays in the top 5 best books on Buffett https://t.co/5GI1vGHWEp via @investopedia

Lawrence Cunningham: How Warren Buffett Triumphed Over Modern Portfolio Theory - https://t.co/FeNHBK4BgZ https://t.co/uE18EAxaIy