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Announcements: 27 April 2012-26 August 2013

Antonio Borges
It is with the deepest regret that we report the death yesterday, 25th August 2013, of Antonio Borges. Antonio was the first Chairman of the Board when the ECGI was founded in 2002. He held this post until 2010, during which time he provided exemplary leadership of our Institute and the Board through his unique combination of academic, public sector and business experience. Above all, he was scrupulous in protecting the academic reputation of the Institute and promoting the value of academic research in both business and the wider world.

1st CSEF Conference on Finance and Labor
This conference which took place at the Villa Orlandi Conference Center, Anacapri on 26-27 August 2013 explored the relationships between finance and labor. It brought together researchers from labor economics and financial economics in order to discuss the topic from the point of view of both disciplines. See:
Conference programme
Organising Committee & Secretariat

Dublin conference presentations now in ECGI's EU Presidency Conference repository
Video recordings of presentations made at the recent 12th European Corporate Governance & Company Law Conference in Dublin are now available on the Conference website and in the ECGI's EU Presidency Conference repository. This repository collates the valuable work  undertaken by a number of parties over the years into a single repository for the convenience of scholars, practitioners and policy-makers alike. See:
The EU Presidency Conference repository
The Conference website

17 new Research Associates nominated
The ECGI Board has approved the recommendation of the Research Associates Committee, chaired by Professor Erik Berglof, to appoint 17 new ECGI Research Associates. This brings the number of ECGI Research Associates to 122 and the number of Research Members (including ECGI Fellows) to 169.
Details of the new Research Associates
List of all ECGI Research Associates
Research Associates Committee and its remit
Research portal on this site

2013 Working Paper prizes awarded at Dublin General Assembly
The winners of the 2013 Standard Life Investments Finance Working Paper prize and the 2013 Allen & Overy Law Working Paper prize were announced at the ECGI's General Assembly held in Dublin on 16 May 2013. See:
Details of the 2013 prize winners
Press release issued by Standard Life Investments
Press release issued by Fordham University School of Law
Previous years' winners
Terms of Reference for the prizes

12th European Corporate Governance & Company Law Conference in Dublin
The conference, held as part of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, was the twelfth event in this Conference series which started in 2004. The principle focus of this conference was the European Commission's Action Plan on Company Law and Corporate Governance which was published on 12 December 2012. The ECGI organised two sessions at this event on the afternoon of Thursday, 16 May. The topic was Short-termism, the impact of financial markets and the UK Kay Review.  See:
The Conference website for details
The ECGI's Presidency Conferences repository
The Commission's Action Plan
The Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-term Decision Making

Oxford Union-style debate
Immediately following the General Assembly (see below), the ECGI hosted an Oxford Union-style debate on the motion that "This House believes that the shareholder-oriented corporation is flawed".  This event was open to the public and also took place at the offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin. See:
Programme for the debate
Video recording of the debate
Rules of debating procedure and history of the Oxford Union

ECGI's 2013 Dinner and General Assembly in Dublin
The 2013 General Assembly of the ECGI took place in Dublin on Thursday 16 May. The annual dinner for members and invited guests took place the night before. Over dinner, the winners of the 2013 Standard Life Finance Working Paper prize and the 2013 Allen & Overy Law Working Paper prize were announced.
For ECGI members, see in the Members' area of this website:
The full programme
Agenda and accompanying papers

  Academic conference on Commission Action Plan
With the publication on 12 December 2012 by the European Commission of the Action Plan outlining the initiatives that the Commission intends to take in order to modernise the company law and corporate governance framework, the ECGI with the support of the European Commission and with sponsorship from the London Business School's Centre for Corporate Governance held an academic conference on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 to discuss the implications of the Plan. Attendance was by invitation only. A report of the meeting is now available. See:
Programme for the event
Report of the proceedings
List of participants
Background papers

Corporate Governance and Banking Union in a transatlantic perspective

Keynote speakers
Banking Union in the Eurozone and the formation of a new Eurozone banking regulator within the European Central Bank will have a major impact on the political and economic structure of Europe. This timely conference provided an overview of European Banking Union proposals and issues, particularly in the light of the deliberations at the European Council Meeting of 13/14 December 2012. It also looked at any lessons that might be drawn from US experience. The ninth conference in the Transatlantic Corporate Governance Dialogue (TCGD) series took place at the National Bank of Belgium on Monday 17 December 2012.  The event commenced with a high-level discussion on the major corporate governance issues facing Europe and the United States. See:

Presentations and speeches from the conference
Video recordings of the event
Background reading
List of attendees
Background to the TCGD series and previous TCGD conferences
Michel Barnier
Troy Paredes

  EU Asia Corporate Governance Dialogue Conference - Comparing Regulatory Reforms and Market Practices
At the request of the European Commission, the ECGI and the University of Tokyo have established a parallel initiative to the Transatlantic Corporate Governance Dialogue (TCGD) qv with one between Europe and Asia, known as the EU Asia Corporate Governance Dialogue (EACGD). The inaugural event took place in Tokyo on Friday, 6th July 2012 with the theme Comparing Regulatory Reforms and Market Practices.
Background to this new initiative
Organisations associated with the Dialogue (Dialogue Partners)
2012 Conference Programme
2012 Conference speeches & presentation slides
Video recordings of the conference

  New ECGI Chairman and Board Members
At a Board Meeting on 12 June 2012, and following the resignation of Eddy Wymeersch in order to devote more time to his other extensive commitments, the Board unanimously nominated Jörgen Holmquist, former Director General for the Single Market and Financial Markets in the European Commission and a former Budget Director in the Swedish Ministry of Finance, to serve as Chairman of the ECGI with immediate effect. At the same meeting, on the recommendation of the ECGI’s Nominations Committee, the Board co-opted Lisa Rabbe, Managing Director, Head of Public Policy – EMEA, Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, and Daniela Weber-Rey, a Partner in the Frankfurt office of Clifford Chance, to the Board. See:
  Press release announcing these changes
  The new ECGI Board

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