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Global Corporate Governance Colloquia established
The ECGI in partnership with universities in the Americas, Asia and Europe has established the Global Corporate Governance Colloquia (GCGC). For an initial period of 12 years, the best research in law and finance relating to corporate governance each year will be brought together at a conference held at 12 major universities that are leaders in the field of law and finance in the three continents. The launch conference will be held at Stanford University in June 2015. See:
Background to and governance of the GCGC initiative
GCGC Partner institutions
GCGC Contacts

Winners of the 2014 Working Paper prizes announced
The winners of the 2014 Standard Life Investments Finance Working Paper prize and the 2014 Allen & Overy Law Working Paper prize were announced at the ECGI's General Assembly held in Brussels on 29 April 2014. See:
Details of the 2014 prize winners
Previous years' winners
Terms of Reference for the prizes

Five new Fellows appointed
On 29 April at its 2014 General Assembly held in Brussels, the ECGI announced the appointment of five new Fellows of the Institute drawn from academia in Asia, Europe and North America. They augment the Fellowship of the ECGI which now numbers 52 distinguished academics. See:
Press release announcing the appointments
List of all ECGI Fellows

Two new ECGI Board members
At the General Assembly of the ECGI held at the Royal Academy of Belgium on 29 April 2014, Jill Fisch, Perry Golkin Professor of Law and Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Hideki Kanda, Professor of Law at the University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, were elected to the ECGI Board.
  Press release announcing these changes
  The new ECGI Board

The Benefits and Costs of Shareholder Activism
A presentation of the academic research paper The Returns to Hedge Fund Activism: An International Study by Professor Marco Becht and Professor Julian Franks took place at the London Business School at 17.30 on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 at the London Business School.  It was followed by a panel discussion where senior practitioners shared their insights and perspectives on the subject, and a reception.   Attendance was by invitation only. See:
The programme of events
Download the paper The Returns to Hedge Fund Activism: An International Study (ECGI Finance Working Paper 402/2014)

ECGI Annual Lecture - How good is bad corporate governance?
ECGI's Annual Lecture this year was given by ECGI Fellow, Professor Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden, Rector and Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Mannheim.  The lecture, which was open to members of the general public, took place at the Royal Academy of Belgium, Brussels on Tuesday 29 April. See:
The Programme of events
Video recording of the lecture and the subsequent Q&A session

ECGI's 2014 General Assembly
The ECGI General Assembly took place on Tuesday, 29th April at the Royal Academy of Belgium, Palais des Académies, Brussels. The Annual Lecture (see above) followed on immediately after the General Assembly. The Annual Working Paper prize-giving ceremony (see above) followed the lecture.
For ECGI members, see in the Members' area of this website:
The full programme
Agenda and accompanying papers
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Jörgen Holmquist
It is with the deepest regret and sadness that we report the untimely death of our Chairman, Jörgen Holmquist, last Friday whilst skiing in the United States. Jörgen succeeded Eddy Wymeersch as Chairman of the ECGI in June 2012. In the last 18 months, he presided over our Board with wisdom and insight during a period when the Institute enhanced its reputation as a world-class academic institution. Under his leadership, the ECGI realised some notable milestones, including the formation of the European Corporate Governance Research Foundation, the inauguration of the Global Corporate Governance Colloquia and the development of a constructive dialogue between the European Union and Asia. All his friends and colleagues at the ECGI will miss his charm and his deft diplomatic guidance of our Institute.

Shareholder Power
The second of two conferences relating to the creation of a Research Handbook on Shareholder Power took place at NUS Law School, Bukit Timah Campus, Singapore on 6-7 March 2014. The organisers, the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law and the Vanderbilt Law School with the ECGI, invited a number of academics to author chapters of the handbook. These authors presented their chapters and received feedback from their fellow authors at this event.   See:
Background to this project
Editors and authors
Project partners
Programme for the Singapore conference

ECGI Law & Finance Seminars
The ECGI has instituted a new series of day-long academic seminars where ECGI Research Members present their recent work on corporate governance topics appropriate for an EU-wide audience.  These seminars take place at the Royal Academy of Belgium (L’Académie royale de Belgique) in Brussels.  Attendance is by invitation only. See:
Background information about the Series
The programme for the second seminar on 13th January 2014 on Sovereign Debt

The Realities of Stewardship for Institutional Owners, Activist Investors and Proxy Advisors
The tenth conference in the Transatlantic Corporate Governance Dialogue (TCGD) series, a free all-day conference under the auspices of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the European Commission, organised by the European Corporate Governance Institute and the Columbia Law School, took place at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, 3rd December 2013. A video recording of the event will appear on this website in the near future. Meanwhile, see:
The programme
Speeches and presentations made by some of the speakers
List of attendees
Background reading
Background to the TCGD and details of earlier conferences

13th European Company Law and Corporate Governance Conference
The 13th European Corporate Governance Conference was held under the auspices of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 8-9 October 2013 in Vilnius. The Conference focuses on shareholders‘ engagement including topics on corporate governance in unlisted companies and state-owned enterprises. The ECGI organised a session at this event. A report will appear on the Conference website in due course.  Meanwhile, see:
Conference details on the Lithuanian Presidency website
Programme for the event
The ECGI's repository of EU Presidency conferences since 2004

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