Better Regulation in EU Company Law, Process and Substance

Auditorium of the National Museum, Mannerheimintie 34, Helsinki

Conference programme
8.30-9.00 Registration and coffee
9.00-9.15 Welcome
Christoffer Taxell
President, Confederation of Finnish Industries, EK

Session 1 Better Regulation and Challenges of Drafting EU Company Law

Existing Directives need to be reviewed over time. However, many Member States and stakeholders oppose such review when they have no way knowing in advance concretely enough e.g. what amendments and in what order might be proposed by Commission or by other Member States.

The purpose of the session is to discuss how the EU law drafting process could be developed in the field of company law by modifying both EU and national administrative procedures (e.g. preparation of the proposal for a legal instrument, feedback and initiatives of the Member States, companies and stakeholders).



Pierre Delsaux
Director (acting), European Commission, Internal Market and Services DG, Free movement of capital, company law and corporate governance ( see presentation)


Geoffrey Dart
Director, DTI (UK), Corporate Law and Governance and Better Regulation ( see presentation)


Ralf Fischer zu Cramburg
Secretary of the Board, UNIQUE
Anne Outin-Adam
Director for legal Development, Deputy Directorate-General for Research,   Prospective and Innovation, The Paris Chamber of Commerce & Industry ( see presentation)
Peter Montagnon
Head of Investment Affairs, Association of British Insurers
Marco Becht
Professor of finance and economics, Université Libre de Bruxelles ( see presentation)

12.00-13.00 Lunch

Session 2: Different Classes of Shares and other Voting Right Arrangements in Listed European Companies.

What types of shares and other financial instruments companies and investors will need, what kind of changes are there going to be in financing instruments, are regulations or recommendations at EU level necessary?

The purpose of the session is to extend and deepen the European discussion on different classes of shares and other arrangements relating to the exercise of voting rights in listed companies.



Jaap Winter
Partner at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Professor, Member of the Corporate Governance Forum and chairman of the EU High Level Group of Company Law Experts

Keynote speaker

Ronald Gilson
Professor, Stanford Law School, Columbia University, Member of the ECGI ( see presentation)

14.00-14.30 Coffee


Mats Beckman
Chief Legal Counsel, OMX Nordic Exchange (see presentation)

Peter Montagnon
Head of Investment Affairs, Association of British Insurers
Timo Löyttyniemi
Managing director, State Pension Fund (Finland) ( see presentation)

Hannu Ryöppönen
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Executive Vice President, Finance, And Strategy, Stora Enso ( see presentation)

Jesper Brandgaard
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Novo Nordisk A/S

Jean-Nicolas Caprasse
Managing Director UK/Europe, Institutional Shareholder Services Europe ( see presentation)


Antonio Borges
Vice Chairman Goldman Sachs International
Jose Garrido
Professor of Commercial and Corporate Law, University of Castilla-La Mancha
Klaus Hopt
Director at the Max Planck Institute of Foreign Private and Private International Law, Hamburg/Germany
Jonathan Rickford
Director of the Company Law Centre at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law
Rolf Skog
Professor, Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law, Sweden