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2008 Dinner, General Assembly and Annual Lecture
Thursday, 10 - Friday, 11 April 2008
IESE Business School, Barcelona

Programme

Dinner and Presentation of the 2008 ECGI Working Paper Series Prizes
(open to ECGI members and invited guests)

Thursday 10 April
19.30 Drinks and Dinner
  Over dinner, presentations will be made to the winners of the 2008 Egon Zehnder International prize, the Standard Life Investments Finance prize and the De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek Law prize

Annual General Meeting of the ECGI
(for ECGI members only)

Friday 11 April  
09.00 Registration  
09.30 - 11.30

Chair
Antonio Borges
ECGI Chairman

The Agenda and accompanying papers are available in the Members' area

Antonio Borges, ECGI Chairman
11.30 Coffee break  

Annual Lecture
(open to ECGI members and invited guests)

12.00 - 14.00 Introduction
Professor Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack Professor Entrepreneurship & Finance, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and ECGI Fellow
 
Board Elections : Is Italy a Model for the Rest of Us?

Professor Luigi Zingales
Robert C. McCormack Professor Entrepreneurship & Finance, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and ECGI Fellow

Italy is known for its exquisite food, wonderful monuments, and sleek design. But it is not known for the quality of its corporate governance system and even less so for the quality of its laws protecting minority investors. Nevertheless, in Italy one of the most interesting experiments in corporate governance is taking place. A law introduced the requirement that at least one Board Member of every listed company be appointed by minority shareholders. Does this system work? While it is too early to be able to provide a systematic analysis, Professor Zingales will discuss costs and benefits of this system and the challenges ahead.

  The lecture and the subsequent debate were conducted under the Chatham House rule A video recording are vailable in the Members' area, however. Professor Joan Enric Ricart, Professor of Strategic Management and Economics, IESE Business School
  Panel
Professor Joan Enric Ricart, Professor of Strategic Management and Economics, IESE Business School
Professor Roberta Romano, Oscar M. Ruebhausen Professor of Law and Director, Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate  Law, Yale Law School
Moderator
Professor Klaus Hopt, Director, Max-Planck Institut für Ausländisches und Internationales Privatrecht
Professor Roberta Romano, Oscar M. Ruebhausen Professor of Law and Director, Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law, Yale Law School
Professor Klaus Hopt, Director, Max-Planck Institut für Ausländisches und Internationales Privatrecht
  Q&A
(from the floor)
  Summing up
Professor Guido Ferrarini,
Professor of Business Law and Capital Markets Law, University of Genoa
Professor Guido Ferrarini, Professor of Business Law and Capital Markets Law, University of Genoa