2018 GCGC

1-2 June 2018

Day 1: Friday 1 June



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08.45 Welcome
John F. Manning (Dean, Harvard Law School)
Allen Ferrell (Harvard Law School)
Morning Session 1:
Session Chair: Hideki Kanda (Gakushuin University Law School)
 09.00 Unsuccessful Teams
Speaker: Renée Adams (University of New South Wales)
Discussant: Fabrizio Ferri (Columbia University)
10.00 Career Risk and Market Discipline in Asset Management
Speaker: Marco Pagano (University of Naples Federico II)
Discussant: Claudia Custodio (Imperial College London)
11.00-11.30  Coffee break
Morning session 2:
Session Chair: Luh Luh Lan (National University of Singapore)
Which Aspects of Corporate Governance Matter? Evidence from Emerging Markets
Speaker: Bernard Black (Northwestern University School of Law and Kellogg School of Management)
Discussant: Johan Sulaeman (National University of Singapore)
12.30 Doing Business in Emerging Markets – The Benefits of Being Private
Speaker: Pablo Slutzky (Robert H Smith School of Business – University of Maryland)
Discussant: Pedro Matos (Darden School of Business – University of Virginia)
 13.30-14.30 Lunch break
Afternoon Session 1:
Session Chair: Allen Ferrell (Harvard Law School)
  Governance through Shame and Aspiration: Index Creation and Corporate Behaviour 
Speaker: Charles Wang (Harvard Business School)
Discussant: Vicente Cuñat (London School of Economics)
The Rise of Common Ownership 
Speaker: Doron Levit (Wharton University)
Discussant:Jennifer Hill (University of Sydney)
 16.30-17.00 Coffee break
17.00 Panel Discussion I: Index rule makers as a potentially powerful force in corporate governance
Marco Becht 
(Solvay Brussels School)
Stephen Davis (Harvard Law School)
David Blitzer (S&P Dow Jones Indices)
Matthew Mallow (BlackRock)
Jonas Jølle (Norges Bank Investment Management)
19.00 Reception & Dinner
Kindly sponsored by the Harvard Program on Corporate Governance 

Dinner Speaker: Prof. Lawrence H. Summers (Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University)

Day 2: Saturday 2 June


08.30 Registration
08.45 Introduction
09.00 Session 1:
Session Chair: Henry Hansmann (Yale University)
Board declassification and firm value: Have shareholders and boards really destroyed billions in value?
Speaker: Emiliano Catan (NYU Law School)
Discussant: Arpit Gupta (NYU Stern)
The perils of small-minority controllers 
Speaker: Lucian Bebchuk (Harvard Law School)
Discussant: Julian Franks (London Business School)
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30 Session 2: 
Session Chair: Elisabeth Bechtold (Zurich Insurance)
Is Corporate Governance a First Order Cause of the Current Malaise?
Speaker: Jeff Gordon (Columbia Law School)
Discussant: Miriam Schwartz-Ziv (Michigan State University)
Do Investors Value Sustainability? A Natural Experiment Examining Ranking and Fund Flows
Speaker: Samuel Hartzmark (University of Chicago)
Discussant: Giovanna Nicodano (University of Torino)
13.30-14.30 Lunch break
 14.30-15.30 Panel Discussion II: CSR and Impact Investing:  Framing the Questions
Panel Chair: Allen Ferrell (Harvard Law School)
Panelists:  Robert H. Sitkoff (Harvard Law School)
Ron Gilson
(Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School)
John M. Loder
(Ropes & Gray)
 15.30-16.00 Coffee break
16.00 Session 3:
Session Chair: Ron Gilson (Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School)
Monitoring the monitor: distracted institutional investors and board governance
Speaker: Ron Masulis (University of New South Wales)
Discussant: Michelle Edkins (BlackRock)
Busy Directors: Strategic Interaction and Monitoring Synergies
Speaker: Alexander Ljungqvist (New York University & Stockholm School of Economics)
Discussant: Dan Puchniak (National University of Singapore)
18.00 Reception

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