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Risk versus responsibility in the regulation of the company

Thinking Like a Social Scientist lunchtime lecture series

Date:  Thursday 4 March 2010
Time: 1.05pm
Venue:  Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Dr David Kershaw

In this lunchtime series of lectures, a selection of LSE's academics from across the spectrum of the social sciences explain the latest thinking on how social scientists work to address the critical problems of the day. They survey the leading ideas and contributions made by their discipline, explain the types of problems that are addressed and the tools that are used, and explore the kinds of solutions proposed.

This lecture will explore the tensions that exist in company law between, on the one hand, holding managers accountable to shareholders and ensuring that they do not use corporate power for their own benefit, and on the other, ensuring that regulation that holds them accountable does not excessively interfere with managerial authority which is central to value creation through the corporate form. The lecture will consider how different jurisdictions elect for different positions on corporate law's risk-responsibility continuum.

David Kershaw is a senior lecturer in company law at the LSE. Prior to becoming an academic, he qualified as a solicitor at Herbert Smith and practiced corporate law with Wolf Theiss & Partners, Vienna and in the mergers & acquisitions group of Shearman & Sterling in New York and London. He holds degrees from the University of Warwick and Harvard Law School.

This series of lectures is supported by Sage Publications. LSE is grateful for their support.

A list of all the lectures in the Thinking Like a Social Scientist lunchtime lecture series can be found here.

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