Company Law

Working Paper

Centros, the Freedom of Establishment for Companies, and the Court's Accidental Vision for Corporate Law

In consequence of the three ECJ cases in Centros (1999), Überseering (2002), and
Inspire Art (2003), EU member states can no longer effectively apply the real seat theory to companies from other Member States or take other measures to avoid...Read more

Martin Gelter
01 February 2015

Empirical Analysis of Legal Institutions and Institutional Change: Multiple-Methods Approaches and Their Application to Corporate Governance Research

The claim that institutions matter for economic growth and development has so far received a more extensive theoretical treatment than an empirical or methodological one. Basing our approach on a co-evolutionary conception of relations between...Read more

Simon Deakin
01 February 2014

Market Soundings: The Interaction between Securities Regulation and Company Law in the United Kingdom and Italy

Before deciding on operations involving share issuance or sale, companies or shareholders may seek to disclose information to selected investors, in order to gauge their opinion on the envisaged market operation. Such ‘market soundings’ risk...Read more

Stefano Lombardo
Federico M. Mucciarelli
03 August 2017

Extended Shareholder Liability for Systemically Important Financial Institutions

Regulators generally have tried to address the problems posed by the excessive risk-taking of Systemically Important Financial Institutions (SIFIs) by placing restrictions on the activities in which SIFIs engage. However, the complexity of these...Read more

Luca Enriques
Jonathan Macey
07 November 2019

Defined Contribution Plans and the Challenge of Financial Illiteracy

Retirement investing in the United States has changed dramatically. The classic defined-benefit (DB) plan has largely been replaced by the defined contribution (DC) plan. With the latter, individual employees’ decisions about how much to save for...Read more

Jill Fisch
Annamaria Lusardi
Andrea Hasler
07 November 2019

Controlling Shareholders in the Twenty-First Century: Complicating Corporate Governance Beyond Agency Costs

By the end of the twentieth century, the then-dominant literature on “law and finance” assumed that concentrated ownership was a product of deficient legal systems that did not sufficiently protect outside investors. At the same time,...Read more

Mariana Pargendler
10 December 2019

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