Centros and European Company Law: Twenty Years of Living Dangerously

3rd Annual Conference of the Oxford Business Law Blog

Centros and European Company Law: Twenty Years of Living Dangerously

  • 15 March 2019
  • University of Oxford

*** This event is by invitation only ***

 

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3rd Annual Conference of the Oxford Business Law Blog

Oxford | 15 March 2019, 08:30am

Mordan Hall, St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford

 

Conference Overview

March 2019 will mark the twentieth anniversary of the Centros case (C-212/97), without doubt the most influential judgment rendered by the (then) Court of Justice in the field of European company law. Along with Überseering (2002) and Inspire Art (2003), Centros (1999) eased the cross-border mobility of corporations in the European Union, inducing fear of forum-shopping within the borders of the single-market, and prompting calls for a top-down harmonisation of corporate standards.

Against this backdrop, the editors of the Oxford Business Law Blog have selected ‘Centros and European Company Law: Twenty Years of Living Dangerously’ as the theme of its third annual conference. Two weeks before Brexit becomes effective, the conference provides an appropriate forum to discuss the present and future of European Company Law.

In addition, the theme invites a broader reflection on the dynamics of regulatory arbitrage and competition within the European continent and beyond, both in company law and adjacent areas. Amongst other pressing issues, we will address the following questions: to what extent does the rise of technology redefine corporate mobility and fuel regulatory arbitrage? What is the legacy of Centros in insolvency law?

 

Conference Participation

This event is by invitation only. For any enquiries, please email oblb@law.ox.ac.uk.

 

About the Oxford Business Law Blog

The Oxford Business Law Blog is a forum for the exchange of ideas and the reporting of new developments in all aspects of business law. Its editorial board is comprised of Luca Enriques, Dan Awrey, Genevieve Helleringer, Horst Eindenmüller, Kristin van Zwieten, Umakanth Varottil and Andreas Engert. They are assisted by Roderic Kermarec, Vaclav Janecek, Jonathan Chan, Felix Pflücke, Bojana Vitanova, Leah Grolman and Jason Fu.  

 

The 3rd Annual Conference of the OBLB is generously supported by Travers Smith, the European Corporate Governance Institute, the Oxford Law Faculty, the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College and the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law.

 

Information

Address:
Mordan Hall, St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford
Contact:
Elaine McPartlan
European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Friday 15 March 2019

08:30
- 09:00

Registration and Coffee

09:00
- 10:30

Session 1

09:45
- 10:30

Centros, the Internal Affairs Doctrine and California’s Female Director Quota

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10:30
- 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00
- 12:30

Session 2

12:30
- 13:30

Lunch

13:30
- 15:00

Session 3

15:00
- 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30
- 16:15

Session 4

17:15
- 17:30

Wrap-up

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Centros and EU Free Movement rules

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09:00h
- 09:45h

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Centros, the Internal Affairs Doctrine and California’s Female Director Quota

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Centros, the Internal Affairs Doctrine and California’s Female Director Quota

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09:45h
- 10:30h

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11:00h
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Opportunities for Regulatory Divergence in Corporate Law after Brexit

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11:00h
- 11:45h

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Boundaries of the Lex Societatis

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11:45h
- 12:30h

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13:30h
- 15:00h
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Defensive Regulatory Competition and its Effects

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13:30h
- 14:15h

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Regulatory Arbitrage and Technology

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14:15h
- 15:30h

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Session 4

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15:30h
- 16:15h
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Business Restructurings in Europe 20 years after Centros

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15:30h
- 16:15h

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Roundtable: The Legacy of Centros and the Future of Regulatory Arbitrage in Business Law

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16:15h
- 17:15h

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