The Future of The Corporation - Law and A.I

Artificial Intelligence was the subject of a discussion hosted by the international law firm Hogan Lovells in Brussels on 20 March 2018. Professor Richard Susskind, a renowned author on the subject, spoke to an audience of lawyers and policymakers about the need to reconsider our conceptual...
20 March 2018


Thu 03 May 2018 > Fri 04 May 2018

The 2018 ECGI Annual Members' Meeting will take place at ESMT, Berlin on 3 - 4 May 2018. Registration is open.

Fri 01 June 2018 > Sat 02 June 2018

The fourth annual GCGC conference will take place at Harvard University on 1 -2 June 2018. We are no longer accepting submissions for this conference. Attendance is by invitation only.

Mon 18 June 2018

The Roundtable will focus on loyalty shares as a legal solution for encouraging long-term ownership, a concept that is promoted by policy makers, including the European Commission, institutional investors and issuers. This event is by invitation only. Institutional and Patron members may apply.

Featured papers

RPTs in SOEs: Tunneling, Propping and Policy Channeling

One of central problems in corporate law and governance is the regulation of “related-party transactions” (RPTs) – generally, transactions between two or more corporate entities that share a common controlling shareholder. A key problem in an RPT, regardless of the identity of the controlling...

Curtis J. Milhaupt
Mariana Pargendler
10 March 2018

When Does the Family Govern the Family Firm?

There is extensive evidence on how the family firm’s performance correlates with the controlling family’s participation in the firm’s governance. In contrast, there is very little evidence on what determines this participation in the first place. We characterize the settings where the family...

Øyvind Bøhren
Bogdan Stacescu
Line Almli
Kathrine Sondergaard
05 March 2018

Blockchain Technology for Corporate Governance and Shareholder Activism

Blockchain is currently still largely focused on speculation with virtual currencies like bitcoins. However, it can also offer smart solutions for classical inefficiencies in the corporate field. Blockchain can be described as a distributed ledger that can record transactions between (unknown)...

Anne Lafarre
Christoph Van Der Elst
22 March 2018

Industrial Foundations as Long-Term Owners

Concerns about short-termism have been mounting in recent years and have influenced the EU shareholder directive, the US presidential debate, and the French Florange Act. Larry Fink, CEO of Blackrock, the largest investor in the world, is worried. Scholars, politicians, and executives argue that...

Steen Thomsen
Thomas Poulsen
Christa Børsting
Johan Kuhn
04 April 2018

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Southern Methodist University - Cox School of Business
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Stockholm School of Economics
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IESE Business School
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Associate Professor of Finance
Cass Business School

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