Technology and Corporate Governance

Technology and Corporate Governance

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The Roundtable focused on the impact of new technologies such as blockchain and AI on corporate governance. The discussion revolved around the following questions: Does blockchain have promise as a tool for registering ownership claims and the exercise of voting rights in listed corporations? What is the impact of AI and big data analysis on firms’ management and governance? Will smart contracts affect the boundaries between firms and markets in a number of industries?

Organisers

Marco Becht, Solvay Brussels School, ECGI and CEPR

Luca Enriques, University of Oxford and ECGI

Schedule

15:00     Registration

15:20     Welcome

15:30     Blockchain and Corporate Governance

16:50     Tea/ Coffee break

17:10     AI and Corporate Governance

18:30     Drinks reception

19:00     Ends

Contact

Marco Becht (Marco.Becht@ecgi.org) or

Luca Enriques (luca.enriques@law.ox.ac.uk)

Elaine McPartian (roundtables@ecgi.org)

 Programme Outline: 

15:30 – 16:50: Blockchain and Corporate Governance

Briefing: Christoph Van Der Elst, Tilburg University and ECGI

17:10 – 18:30: AI and corporate Governance

Briefing: John Armour, University of Oxford Faculty of Law and ECGI

Confirmed Participants:

Ms. Lisa Rabbe CEO Stratosphere Adbisors LLC
Dr. Michael Viehs Associate Director, ESG Integration Hermes Investment Management
Prof. Horst Eidenmüller Freshfields Professor of Commercial Law University of Oxford
Mr. David Jackson Company Secretary BP p.l.c.
Mr. John Plender Columnist Financial Times
Mr. Edmund Schuster Associate Professor London School of Economics
Mr. Mike Everett ESG Investment Director Aberdeen Standard Investments
Prof. Franklin Allen Professor of Finance and Economics Imperial College London
Dr. Andrea Zorzi Aggregate professor University of Florence
Mr. James Baird Honorary Professor University of Glasgow
Dr. Cristina Ungureanu Head of Corporate Governance Eurizon Capital
Dr. Anne Lafarre Assistant Professor Tilburg University
Mrs. Tracy Gordon Director Corporate Governance Deloitte
Dr. Marco Claudio Corradi Senior Research Fellow/Lecturer Stockholm University/The University of Oxford
Ms. Nikita Aggarwal Research Associate Oxford Internet Institute / University of Oxford
Mr. Thom Wetzer DPhil Candidate in Law and Finance University of Oxford
Dr. Cristie Ford Professor Allard School of Law, UBC
Prof. Christoph Van Der Elst Professor of Business Law Tilburg University
Prof. John Armour Hogan Lovells Professor of Law and Finance University of Oxford
Prof. Luca Enriques Allen & Overy Professor of Corporate Law University of Oxford
Prof. Marco Becht Professor of Finance Solvay Brussels School
Mr. Peter Montagnon Associate Director Institute of Business Ethics
Mr. George S. Dallas Policy Director International Corporate Governance Network
Mr. Jaime Gornsztejn Director Hermes EOS
Ms. Daniela Weber-Rey Non-executive director (NED) HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt and Groupe FNAC DARTY
Dr. Martin Petrin Associate Professor University College London
Mr. Luca Sportelli Associate Cleary Gottlieb
Prof. Patrick Bolton Professor Imperial College London

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Shareholder Ideology and Stewardship

Shareholder Ideology and Stewardship

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The Roundtable focused on the nature of governance interventions by institutional shareholders. Institutional investors have a conflict between promoting socially responsible behaviour of companies and shareholder value orientation at all cost. What can we learn from voting behaviour about “shareholder ideology”? How actively involved are institutional investors with portfolio companies? Do active managers take buy and sell decisions based on governance and stewardship information? Is there a link between sell decisions, voting and other types of governance intervention?

 

Organisers

Marco Becht, Solvay Brussels School, ECGI and CEPR

Luca Enriques, University of Oxford and ECGI

 

Programme Outline: 

15:00   Registration

15:15   Welcome – Hans Hirt, Executive Director, Hermes EOS

15:30   “Investor Ideology”[1] Patrick Bolton, Columbia Business School and ECGI

16:45   Tea/ Coffee

17:15   “How Active are Active Managers?” [2], Julian Franks, London Business School and ECGI

18:30   Concluding remarks – Marco Becht, Executive Director, ECGI

[2] Forthcoming ECGI working paper

 

Contact

Programme queries should be directed to Marco Becht (Marco.Becht@ecgi.org) or

Luca Enriques (luca.enriques@law.ox.ac.uk)

Practical queries should be directed to Elaine McPartian (elaine.mcpartlan@ecgi.org)

 

Participants:

Prof. Luca Enriques University of Oxford
Mr. John Plender Financial Times
Prof. Carlo Marchetti University of Milan
Prof. Marco Becht Solvay Brussels School
Mr. Mike Everett Aberdeen Standard Investments
Mr. Harlan Zimmerman Cevian Capital
Mr. David Shammai Morrow Sodali
Mr. Ola Peter K Gjessing Norges Bank Investment Management
Ms. Marion Chaboud Deloitte EUPC
Mr. Robbert Gerritsen Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS)
Dr. Tom Gosling PwC / London Business School
Prof. Hannes Wagner Bocconi University
Prof. Patrick Bolton Columbia University
Prof. Julian Franks London Business School
Mr. Andy Jones Hermes Investment Management
Mr. Jaime Gornsztejn Hermes Investment Management
Ms. Sarah Wilson Minerva
Ms. Amanda Hillström Cevian Capital

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