Event Report: Global Shareholder Stewardship Conference

The Global Shareholder Stewardship Conference, which was held at King’s College London on 23-24 September 2019, examined 19 different national stewardship codes/principles as well as the amended EU Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II), the EFAMA stewardship code and the ICGN Global Stewardship...
3 February 2020


Fri 19 June 2020

[Riga] One of the priorities mentioned in the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan of the European Commission is “easing business transfers”, for example, through reducing cross-border inheritance tax obstacles, improving information and advice services, and other initiatives. Likewise, stock exchanges are attempting to ease obstacles for SMEs, that are predominantly family-owned, to raise capital through public markets. The conference will examine these tendencies. 

Featured papers

Deadlock on the Board

The board of directors is the highest decision-making authority in a corporation. But sometimes boards struggle to make decisions. In surveys, 67 percent of directors report the inability to decide about some issues in the boardroom. Moreover, 37 percent say they have encountered a boardroom...

Jason Donaldson
Nadya Malenko
Giorgia Piacentino
08 December 2019

How Much Should We Trust Empirical Estimates of State Corporate Law Effects?

A large empirical literature studies the effects of U.S. states’ corporate law statutes on corporate actions and performance at the firm level. Interest is in the laws for their own sake or as exogenous variation in determinants of firm behavior. For example, well over a hundred papers...

Holger Spamann
02 January 2020

The Global Sustainability Footprint of Sovereign Wealth Funds

Over the last 15 years and especially since the global financial crisis, investors around the world have been increasingly paying attention to the investment policies of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs). According to the SWF Institute, global assets under management by SWFs have exceeded $8...

Hao Liang
Luc Renneboog
20 January 2020

It's Not So Bad: Director Bankruptcy Experience and Corporate Risk Taking

In our paper ‘It’s Not So Bad: Director Bankruptcy Experience and Corporate Risk Taking,” we evaluate the extent to which a director’s corporate bankruptcy experience affects the policies their firms follow. We begin by identifying a set of directors that experience a corporate bankruptcy. We...

Todd Gormley
Radhakrishnan Gopalan
Ankit Kalda
20 January 2020

Working papers

Shareholder Stewardship in the Netherlands: The Role of Institutional Investors in a Stakeholder Oriented Jurisdiction

We study institutional investors’ voice in the Netherlands, focusing on shareholder voting in particular. The Dutch Stewardship Code, developed by institutional investor platform Eumedion, came into force in January 2019, emphasises engagement...Read more

Christoph Van Der Elst
19 February 2020

Party Building or Noisy Signaling? The Contours of Political Conformity in Chinese Corporate Governance

In 2015, as part of a program to reform China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs), Guiding Opinions were issued by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the State Council requiring SOEs to amend their corporate charters to...Read more

Lauren Yu-Hsin Lin
Curtis J. Milhaupt
19 February 2020



The ECGI Annual Lecture Panel Discussion on “The Economics of Firm Culture”, moderated by Prof. Marco Becht (Solvay Brussels School), composed of Dr. Beatrice Engström-Bondy (Investor AB) and Prof. Paola Sapienza (Kellogg School of Management). 

13 December 2019

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University of Oxford
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Fuqua School of Business

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