Corporate groups and regulatory evasion: Evolving trends and possible solutions
The significance of corporate groups and their economic and political power can hardly be overestimated. This conference has the problem of corporate groups and regulatory evasion as its overarching topic.
Faculty of Law, Domus Media
Historically, the acceptance in the late 19th century of companies as shareholders, providing the possibility for companies to own shares in other companies, gave the legal basis for group structures. However, there is no uniform definition of corporate groups, and the concept covers the spectrum from highly centralised to largely diversified groups. In parallel to the lack of a common conceptualisation of corporate groups, very few jurisdictions have developed a legal framework to regulate organisational, capital protection and liability issues. The result is that the corporate privileges of limited investor liability and separate legal entities are equally applicable for the corporate investor as for the private investor, without a proper justification. The recognition of companies as shareholders has led to the development of complex structures that company law in many jurisdictions, being premised on a single entity with natural persons as shareholders, has struggled to come to terms with.
While company law generally has failed to deal with these issues, we have, on the other hand, seen the development of specific regulations in other legal disciplines such as accounting law, competition law and tort law. But are these regulatory mechanisms adequate to deal with corporate groups? Corporate groups are often also multinational entities. Can the legal system of any jurisdiction, company law, accounting law and other disciplines together, deal with this cross-border phenomenon?
The conference has the problem of corporate groups and regulatory evasion as its overarching topic. In addition to an impressive set of invited speakers, we have a call for papers with a few slots for papers to be presented as well as for poster presentations. See the call for papers.
Confirmed speakers include Professors Kurt Strasser, Jose Antunes, Janet Dine, Yuri Biondi, Lucas Bergkamp, Søren Friis Hansen, Karsten Engsig Sørensen, Jukka Mähonen and Beate Sjåfjell.
The conference fee of NOK 1500 (approx. EURO 160) will cover conference material, lunches as well as other refreshments. Students are offered a reduced conference fee of NOK 500 (approx. EURO 54). The conference fee is waived for all presenters.