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Professor Dr Horst Eidenmüller

Freshfields Professor of Commercial Law
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Horst Eidenmüller, Freshfields Professor of Commercial Law, University of Oxford
ECGI Research Associate (2009) :

Horst Eidenmüller joined the Faculty of Law as a Visiting Professor in 2009 and took up the Freshfields Chair for Commercial Law and a Professorial Fellowship at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, in 2015.

Eidenmüller was born in Munich, Germany. He obtained an LLM at Cambridge University (1989) and a PhD from Munich University (1994) after working for McKinsey & Co. in the 1990s. After his Habilitation in 1998, he was a law professor at the University of Münster from 1999 until 2003. From 2003 to 2014, he held the Chair for Private Law, German, European and International Company Law at Munich University. This position was designated as a research professorship under the excellence scheme of the German Research Foundation from 2007 to 2011.

Eidenmüller’s main research areas are contract law, company and bankruptcy law, and alternative dispute resolution. He is known for his economic and empirical analysis of important problems in these fields.

Eidenmüller has held visiting positions at major other universities such as Cambridge (2007), Harvard (2011) and Stanford (2014). From 2008 to 2009, he was a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. Eidenmüller is a Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute (since 2009) and a Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (since 2008). As member of expert committees, he has advised the European Commission and the Federal Republic of Germany on issues of company and insolvency law reform. He has also acted as arbitrator in more than 30 commercial disputes (DIS, ICC, UNCITRAL, Ad Hoc) and as mediator in more than 50 commercial disputes since 1995.

In Oxford he lectures on Corporate Insolvency Law, on Comparative Corporate Law, and on Commercial Dispute Resolution.

Research Interests
Bankruptcy governance
Corporate governance
Debt finance
Dispute resolution (Systems)
Regulation of financial investors
Regulatory competition
Role of the EU in corporate lawmaking

ECGI Working Papers (Click title for more details)
What is an insolvency proceeding? ECGI Law Working Paper 335/2016 December 2016
Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law ECGI Law Working Paper 319/2016 July 2016
Does Charter Competition Foster Entrepreneurship? A Difference-in-Difference Approach to European Company Law Reforms ECGI Finance Working Paper 308/2011 May 2011
Restructuring the European Business Enterprise: The EU Commission Recommendation on a New Approach to Business Failure and Insolvency ECGI Law Working Paper 301/2015 September 2015
Where Do Firms Issue Debt? ECGI Finance Working Paper 292/2010 September 2010
A New Framework for Business Restructuring in Europe: The EU Commission's Proposals for a Reform of the European Insolvency Regulation and Beyond ECGI Law Working Paper 199/2013 March 2013
Contracting Employee Involvement: An Analysis of Bargaining over Employee Involvement Rules for a Societas Europaea ECGI Law Working Paper 185/2012 January 2012
The Czech Societas Europaea Puzzle ECGI Law Working Paper 183/2011 December 2011
The Societas Europaea: Good News for European Firms ECGI Law Working Paper 127/2009 July 2009

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