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

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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

 

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Conference Overview

March 2019 marked 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 selected ‘Centros and European Company Law: Twenty Years of Living Dangerously’ as the theme of its third annual conference. Two weeks before Brexit would become effective, the conference provided an appropriate forum to discuss the present and future of European Company Law.

In addition, the theme invited 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, the following questions were addressed: 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 was 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 was 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.

 

Attendee List

 

Nikita Aggarwal University of Oxford
John Armour University of Oxford, Faculty of Law
Simon Bahlinger University of Heidelberg
The Honourable Margaret Beazley Notre Dame Sydney Australia
Marco Becht Université libre de Bruxelles
Martin Bengtzen London School of Economics
Jonathan Chan University of Oxford
Anna Christie University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law
Blanaid Clarke Trinity College Dublin
Pierre-Henri Conac University of Luxembourg
Marco Corradi Stockholm University / University of Oxford
Steven Davidoff Solomon Berkeley Center for Law and Business
Paul Davies Centre for Commercial Law, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford
Hans De Wulf Ghent University
Horst Eidenmüller University of Oxford
Andreas Engert University of Mannheim
Luca Enriques University of Oxford
Eilis Ferran University of Cambridge Law Faculty and Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law (3CL)
Jill Fisch University of Pennsylvania Law School
Jason Fu University of Oxford
Martin Gelter Fordham University School of Law
Carsten Gerner-Beuerle University College London
Louise Gullifer Oxford University
Gérard Hertig Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Roderic Kermarec University of Oxford
Vanessa Knapp Queen Mary University
Maximilian Leydecker Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
J S Liptrap University of Cambridge
Eva Micheler LSE
Federico Mucciarelli SOAS University of London & University Modena
Jatine Patel University of Oxford
Sarah Paterson London School of Economics and Political Science
Jennifer Payne Law Faculty, University of Oxford
Alvaro Pereira University of California, Berkeley
Giovanni Petroboni Commercial Law Centre - Harris Manchester College
Elizabeth Pollman Loyola Marymount University
Arad Reisberg Brunel Univeristy London
Wolf-Georg Ringe University of Hamburg
Alexander Schall Leuphana Law School, University Lüneburg
Philine Scheer University of Oxford
Edmund Schuster London School of Economics
Anne-Lise Sibony University of Louvain
Mathias Siems European University Institute / Durham University
Christoph Teichmann Wuerzburg University
Tobias Tröger Goethe University Frankfurt, House of Finance
Kristin Van Zwieten University of Oxford
Bojana Vitanova University of Oxford
Josef Weinzierl University of Oxford
Thom Wetzer University of Oxford
Amit Zac University of Oxford

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, California’s “Women on Boards” Statute and the Scope of the Internal Affairs Doctrine

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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, California’s “Women on Boards” Statute and the Scope of the Internal Affairs Doctrine

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Centros, California’s “Women on Boards” Statute and the Scope of the Internal Affairs Doctrine

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- 10:30h

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11:00h
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Revisiting Legal Capital

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11:00h
- 11:45h

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The Illusion of Motion: Corporate (Im-)Mobility and the Failed Promise of Centros

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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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Tech, Regulatory Arbitrage, and Limits

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14:15h
- 15:30h

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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

Time:
16:15h
- 17:15h

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