Le 17 septembre 2020 à 17h, Madame Ana Taleska défendra sa thèse de doctorat.
You are kindly invited to the public PhD defence of
“Hedge Fund Activism in Europe: A Perspective from a Shareholder-Centric System of Corporate Governance”
Supervisor: Prof. Hans De Wulf
Examination board: Prof. Jesse Fried (Harvard Law School), Prof. Randall Thomas (Vanderbilt Law School), Prof. Pierre-Henri Conac (Université de Luxembourg), Prof. Christoph Van der Elst, Prof. Diederik Bruloot and Prof. Michel Tison (chairperson)
Location: Aula– Ceremoniezaal (Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Ghent)
Link to attend: https://meet.starleaf.com/4424144710 ((Please keep your microphone muted and webcam off)
Places in the Aula are limited. Registration is required via the eventmanagerDo not register if you participate online
About the dissertation:
In recent years, hedge fund activists have played a transformative role in the corporate governance of European listed firms by launching campaigns and demanding operational, strategic and governance changes. Originally an American phenomenon, hedge fund activism has been comparatively under-researched from the perspective of European law and the goal of this doctoral project is to fill this gap in European scholarship by analyzing how hedge fund activism plays out in the European shareholder-centric system of corporate governance (in comparison with the U.S. board-centric corporate governance system). It makes four important contributions. First, it shows how EU insider trading rules can affect pre-disclosure investor communications and hedge funds’ wolf-pack formation. Second, it elaborates on the restrictive effect of British, German and Italian takeover laws on the collective submission of shareholder-sponsored director slates. Third, it provides empirical evidence of recent settlements reached between activist hedge funds and European public firms, and fourth, it analyses the discharge of activist directors’ fiduciary duties when serving on British, German, French and Dutch corporate boards.