ECGI Asia Conference Series
Established in 2011 by the ECGI and the University of Tokyo in order to engage academics and practitioners in a constructive dialogue between the European Union and Asia on issues of concern in the field of corporate governance. The EU Asia Corporate Governance Dialogue (EACGD) is supported by the European Commission and the Japanese Financial Services Agency. The organisers are most grateful for the sponsorship of the dialogue by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
In the light of the success of the Transatlantic Corporate Governance Dialogue (TCGD) which since 2004 has been a significant forum for engaging in forward-looking discussions of corporate governance issues on both sides of the Atlantic, the European Commission asked the ECGI, TCGD's European partner, to examine the possibility of establishing a parallel initiative between Europe and Asia.
To investigate an optimum way forward, a symposium took place in Tokyo in early December 2011 hosted by the University of Tokyo under the auspices of the Japanese Financial Services Agency. The symposium concluded that a series of conferences, hosted in Asia and Europe would be both feasible and effective in meeting the original aspirations of this initiative.
2012 inaugural Conference in Tokyo
The inaugural conference in the EU Asia dialogue series took place in at the Financial Services Agency, Tokyo on Friday, 6th July 2012. The theme of the conference, which was organised by the University of Tokyo and the ECGI, was Comparing Regulatory Reforms and Market Practices. Opening remarks were given by Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, Ambassador of the European Union to Japan. The conference was followed by a reception, hosted by the Tokyo Stock Exchange at which Mr. Atsushi Saito, President & CEO of the Tokyo Stock Exchange made a welcoming speech.
2015 Conference in Singapore
The theme of the second conference in the series which took place at the Centre for Law & Business at the National University of Singapore on Tuesday, February 24 2015 was Corporate Governance and Large Shareholders. There were two sessions: the first on Corporate Governance of State-owned Enterprises provided an overview of recent regulatory developments and covered stewardship, disclosure and information, board responsibility and shareholder rights issues; the second on Regulating Controlling Shareholders looked at how these play a major role in common law as well as in civil law jurisdictions.
2016 Conference in Japan
The 2016 ECGI Asia Conference took place on 8 July 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. The event was organised by the University of Tokyo and ECGI, and supported by the Financial Research Center of the Japanese Financial Services Agency. It was hosted by the EU Delegation to Japan. The theme of the event was Corporate Governance & The Public Interest.
2017 Conference in Singapore
The 4th ECGI Asia conference took place at the National University of Singapore on 7 July 2017. The theme was Corporate Governance in a Changing Environment.