Fundamental Differences Between US and Continental European Corporate Governance Systems

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 (All day)

The Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law and the Center for International Business Education and Research presents:
Fundamental Differences Between US and Continental European Corporate Governance Systems

Time: 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Place: Room 254

Radu N. Catană is a Fulbright Senior Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. He holds the chair of business and corporate law at Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca, Romania, where he also holds the position of general chancellor of the university. Prof. Catană is a practicing attorney in the Romanian Bar Association. After receiving an LL.M in business law at Université de Paris XII (1997), he obtained a Ph.D. in law (2002) with his thesis, “The Role of Justice in the Operation of Commercial Companies” (2003, Lumina Lex, Bucharest, Romania). His research focuses on strengthening corporate directors’ duties after the global financial crisis by considering the actual trends and challenges of corporate law and governance from a comparative law perspective.

Among the topics covered will be the economic patterns and premises in the corporate governance systems, the orientation of the economies, approaches to shareholder protection and the role of shareholders, treatment of proxies and derivative actions, disclosure, and executive remuneration. The speaker will also discuss the likelihood of some convergence in the systems.