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Brexit and employment law: a bonfire of red tape?

by David Cabrelli If you’ve been following the Brexit debate in the media, you no doubt will have noticed how European employment laws are frequently bandied around as the sort of laws that Britain could do without, thank you very … Continue reading

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US Bill on Gender Diversity in the Boardroom

Last month, the New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney introduced a legislative proposal aiming to promote gender diversity on US corporate boards. The Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act (H.R. 4718) aims to strengthen diversity disclosure requirements and to increase the … Continue reading

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The exercise of fiduciary powers for mixed purposes: A comment on Eclairs Group Ltd v JKX Oil and Gas plc

Introduction The proper purposes doctrine, also known as fraud on a power, is a cornerstone of the law of legal powers. The donee of a fiduciary power must exercise it only for the purposes for which it was conferred by … Continue reading

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Are Corporations Gendered?

To the dyed-in-the-wool neoclassical law and economics scholar, thinking about business corporations in terms of gender attributes is pushing the reification metaphor a notch too far. An emerging corporate governance body of research, however, suggests that there are connections between … Continue reading

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The Benefit Corporation: From CSR Label to Hybrid Corporate Form

Corporate social responsibility is the new norm in business. With the rapid growth of socially conscious customers,[1] employees[2] and investors,[3] no company can afford to ignore CSR. Green, responsible, sustainable, ethical or socially conscious have become staple terms to describe … Continue reading

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Recent Developments in Sustainability Reporting

A new Directive on sustainability reporting On 29 September 2014 the EU Council adopted a new Directive concerning disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by large companies and groups. The Directive proposal was drafted by the European Commission in April … Continue reading

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading: A Market in Financial Instruments?

Last Monday (June 9) our Centre had the pleasure of hosting Alfonso Martínez-Echevarría y García de Dueñas, Professor of Commercial Law and Director of the Research Centre for Financial Markets Law at CEU San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain. Professor Martínez-Echevarría’s … Continue reading

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Social Media and Shareholder Activism

The marked increase of shareholder activism over the past years is a well-known and intensely scrutinised phenomenon. Between 2010 and 2013, for instance, activist shareholder interventions increased almost 90% globally.[1] The continuing disagreement among corporate governance scholars about the effects … Continue reading

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Board diversity as a corporate governance tool

On November 20, the European Parliament approved the European Commission’s legislative proposal to improve the gender balance in company boards. The proposed directive sets a minimum threshold of 40% of the under-represented sex in non-executive board-member positions in listed companies … Continue reading

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Transatlantic Comparisons in Contract Law at Edinburgh Law School

From 30 August to 1 September a contract law conference took place at Edinburgh Law School. Entitled “Transatlantic Perspectives on Commercial Contract Law II”, this was the second such conference on this theme, the first having resulted in a book … Continue reading

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