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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 will take place at the London Business School at 17.30 on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 at the London Business School.  It will be followed by a panel discussion where senior practitioners will share their insights and perspectives on the subject, and a reception.   Attendance is by invitation only. See:
The programme of events
Online registration
Directions to the venue
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 will be given by ECGI Fellow, Professor Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden, Rector and Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Mannheim.  The lecture, which is open to members of the general public, will take place in Brussels at 11.00 on Tuesday 29 April. See:
The Programme of events
Online (mandatory) registration
Directions to the venue
ECGI members please note that they should register their attendance preference alongside that for the General Assembly (see below) from within the Members' area

ECGI's 2014 General Assembly
The ECGI General Assembly will take place on Tuesday, 29th April at the Royal Academy of Belgium, Palais des Académies, Brussels starting at 09.00. The Annual Lecture (see above) will follow on immediately after the General Assembly. The Annual Working Paper prize-giving ceremony will follow the lecture.
For ECGI members, see in the Members' area of this website:
The full programme
Agenda and accompanying papers
Online registration
Proxy nomination facility
Directions to the venue
These links require a password. Members should email christine.miller@ecgi.org if they need a reminder of the security details

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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