Law School Stages Transatlantic Corporate Governance Event

Spring 2012

This past winter, Columbia Law School co-organized an international conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss the impact of shareholder engagement on corporate governance and financial performance. Professor Ronald J. Gilson chaired the 2011 Transatlantic Corporate Governance Dialogue conference, which brought together more than 100 scholars, executives, lawyers, journalists, and government officials. In his welcoming comments, Professor Jeffrey N. Gordon pointed out that institutional investors are often criticized for shirking their governance duties, while investors such as hedge funds are accused of excessive activism. Professor Katharina Pistor also hosted a panel discussion addressing barriers to institutional investor engagement.