Debunking the Centros Risks, after Twenty Years

March 2019 marked the twentieth anniversary of the landmark Centros case. It was the first of three judgments in which the (then) European Court of Justice affirmed companies’ freedom of establishment, creating the conditions for (often-feared) regulatory arbitrage and competition in corporate law...
24 May 2019


Wed 05 June 2019

This conference will focus on the role of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) considerations in the management of public companies and the investment priorities of asset managers...

Mon 10 June 2019

The Roundtable will focus on the reasons and implications of fewer companies going public. The steep decline in initial public offerings in the U.S. has raised concerns about reduced opportunities for...

Fri 05 July 2019

Corporations, and other forms of business associations, have been the subject of intense study including their history, governance, and obligations to stakeholders and the public at large...

Featured papers

Which Related Party Transactions Should Be Subject to Ex Ante Review? Evidence from Germany

With its rules on related party transactions (RPTs), the amended EU Shareholder Rights Directive introduces a novel ex ante review of suspicious transactions to many continental jurisdictions. German law, for instance, has traditionally been adhering to a very different regulatory strategy for...

Andreas Engert
Tim Florstedt
12 March 2019

A Sustainable Platform Economy & the Future of Corporate Governance

A significant development in the global economy over the last two decades has been the emergence of businesses that define and organize themselves as “platforms.” Think Amazon, Facebook, or Uber.

A platform can be defined as an organization that uses digital...

Mark Fenwick
Erik Vermeulen
12 March 2019

O Tell Me The Truth About Bail-In: Theory and Practice

Bank resolutions and specifically bail-ins are among the most complicated and contentious issues of banking law, in the EU and elsewhere. Bearing the potential to directly affect thousands of investors, and limiting the flexibility of Member States to rescue banks,...

Marco Ventoruzzo
Giulio Sandrelli
13 March 2019

Corporate Capture of Blockchain Governance

All blockchains have rules that govern their operations. As blockchains evolve they may need to change their rules. Blockchain governance refers to the system in place through which decisions regarding the evolution of the blockchain are made. The question of blockchain governance is at the...

Daniel Ferreira
Jin Li
Radoslawa Nikolowa
04 February 2019

Working papers

The Politics of CEOs

CEOs of public companies have influence over the political spending of their firms, which has been attracting significant attention since the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United. Furthermore, the policy views expressed by CEOs receive...Read more

Alma Cohen
Moshe Hazan
Roberto Tallarita
David Weiss
14 May 2019

Who Falls Prey to the Wolf of Wall Street? Investor Participation in Market Manipulation

Manipulative communications touting stocks are common in capital markets around the world. Although the price distortions created by so-called “pump-and-dump” schemes are well known, little is known about the investors in these frauds. By...Read more

Andreas Hackethal
Christian Leuz
Steffen Meyer
Maximilian Muhn
Eugene Soltes
15 April 2019

Accounting for Financial Stability: Lessons from the Financial Crisis and Future Challenges

This paper investigates what we can learn from the financial crisis about the link between accounting and financial stability. The picture that emerges ten years after the crisis is substantially different from the picture that dominated the...Read more

Jannis Bischof
Christian Laux
Christian Leuz
15 April 2019



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