2015 GCGC
CONFERENCE: Stanford

5-6 June 2015

Day 1: Friday 5th June

08.45 Introduction
Conference Chairman: Professor Ronald Gilson, Stanford Law School
 09.00 Morning session
Session Chairman: Professor Colin Mayer, Said Business School, University of Oxford
09.00-09.45 Audit Oversight and Reporting Credibility
Professor Christian Leuz, Booth School of Business, The University of Chicago
Discussant: Dr Woochan Kim, Korea University Business School
09.45-10.30 Why Do Corporate Charters Waive Liability for Breach of the Duty of Care?
Professor Holger Spamann, Harvard Law School
Discussant: Professor Curtis Milhaupt, Columbia Law School
10.30 Coffee break
10.45-11.30 Corporate Governance and Risk Management at Unprotected Banks: National Banks in the 1890s
Professor Charles Calomiris, Columbia Business School
DiscussantProfessor Joseph McCahery, Tilburg Law and Economics Centre
11.30-12.15 Contractual Governance in the Absence of Law: Bylaws of Norwegian Firms in the Early 20th Century
Professor Mike Burkart, Stockholm School of Economics, Department of Finance
Discussant: Professor Jennifer Hill, Sydney Law School
12.15 Lunch break
14.00 Afternoon session
Session Chairman: Professor Kon Sik Kim, Seoul National University
14.00-14.45 The Great Pyramids of America: A Revised History of US Business Groups, Corporate Ownership and Regulation, 1930-1950
Professor Yishay Yafeh, The Hebrew University
DiscussantProfessor Uwe Walz, Center for Financial Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt
14.45-15.30 Corporate Chartering and Federalism: A New View
Professor Henry Hansmann, Yale Law School
Discussant: Professor Luca Enriques, Oxford University Faculty of Law
15.30 Coffee break
15.45-16.30 Seeking Alpha: Excess Risk Taking and Competition for Managerial Talent
Professor Viral Acharya, Stern School of Business, New York University
Discussant: Professor Alan Schwartz, Yale School of Management
19.00 Reception followed by dinner

Day 2: Saturday 6th June

08.45 Morning session introduction
Session Chairman: Professor Gerard Hertig, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
09.00-09.45 Financing Disruption
Professor John Armour
, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford Discussant: Professor Allen Ferrell, Harvard Law School, Harvard University
09.45-10.30 Privatized bankruptcy: a study of shipping financial distress
Professor Julian Franks, London Business School
Discussant: Dr Dan Puchniak, NUS Law, National University of Singapore
10.30 Coffee break
10.45-11.30 The Wolf at the Door: The Impact of Hedge Fund Activism on Corporate Governance
Professor Jack Coffee, Columbia Law School
Discussant: Professor Randall Thomas, Vanderbilt University Law School and Owen School of Management
11.30-12.15 Ownership, Investment and Governance: The Costs and Benefits of Dual Class Shares
Professor Ronald Masulis, UNSW Business School
Discussant: Professor Li Jin, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University
12.15 Lunch break
13.30-14.00 Panel discussion
Empirical Finance in the Face of Institutional Complexity

Moderator:
Professor Marco Becht, Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management
Panelists: 
Professor Michael Klausner, Stanford University
Professor David Larcker, Stanford Graduate School of Business
 14.00 Afternoon session
Session Chairman: Professor Ronald Gilson, Stanford Law School Stanford University
14.00-14.45 The Changing Nature of Corporate Board Activity
Professor Renee Adams
, University of New South Wales
Discussant: Professor Jeffrey Gordon, Columbia Law School
14.45-15.30 Do Mandatory Board Gender Quotas Reduce Firm Value?
Professor Karin Thorburn, Norwegian School of Economics 
Discussant: Dr Belen Villalonga, New York University – Stern School
15.30 Coffee break
15.45-16.30 Financial Markets and the Political Center of Gravity
Professor Mark Roe, Harvard Law School
Discussant: Professor Hideki Kanda, University of Tokyo – Graduate Schools for Law and Politics
16.30-17.00 Conference Summary
17.00 Drinks reception

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