Technology and Corporate Governance

ECGI Roundtable Series

Technology and Corporate Governance

  • 26 November 2018
  • Allen & Overy London

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*** This Event is by invitation only. ***

(ECGI Institutional and Patron Members may submit attendance requests by email however spaces are limited)

The Roundtable focused on the impact of new technologies such as blockchain and AI on corporate governance. The discussion revolved around the following questions: Does blockchain have promise as a tool for registering ownership claims and the exercise of voting rights in listed corporations? What is the impact of AI and big data analysis on firms’ management and governance? Will smart contracts affect the boundaries between firms and markets in a number of industries?


Marco Becht, Solvay Brussels School, ECGI and CEPR

Luca Enriques, University of Oxford and ECGI



15:00     Registration

15:20     Welcome

15:30     Blockchain and Corporate Governance

16:50     Tea/ Coffee break

17:10     AI and Corporate Governance

18:30     Drinks reception

19:00     Ends



Programme queries should be directed to Marco Becht ( or

Luca Enriques (

Practical queries should be directed to Elaine McPartian (


 Programme Outline: 

The event is structured around introductory briefings from previously designated participants. These interventions are intended to stimulate further interventions and discussion between all attendees. The use of slides is possible but not necessarily encouraged. The prior distribution of written material is encouraged.



15:30 - 16:50: Blockchain and Corporate Governance

Briefing: Christoph Van Der Elst, Tilburg University and ECGI

Background reading: Blockchain and Smart Contracting for the Shareholder Community

17:10 - 18:30: AI and corporate Governance

Briefing: John Armour, University of Oxford Faculty of Law and ECGI

Background reading: A machine in the C-suite

Confirmed Participants:

Ms. Lisa Rabbe CEO Stratosphere Adbisors LLC       
Dr. Michael Viehs Associate Director, ESG Integration Hermes Investment Management
Prof. Horst Eidenmüller Freshfields Professor of Commercial Law University of Oxford
Mr. David Jackson Company Secretary BP p.l.c.
Mr. John Plender Columnist Financial Times
Mr. Edmund Schuster Associate Professor London School of Economics
Mr. Mike Everett ESG Investment Director Aberdeen Standard Investments
Prof. Franklin Allen Professor of Finance and Economics Imperial College London
Dr. Andrea Zorzi Aggregate professor University of Florence
Mr. James Baird Honorary Professor University of Glasgow
Dr. Cristina Ungureanu Head of Corporate Governance Eurizon Capital
Dr. Anne Lafarre Assistant Professor Tilburg University
Mrs. Tracy Gordon Director Corporate Governance Deloitte
Dr. Marco Claudio Corradi Senior Research Fellow/Lecturer Stockholm University/The University of Oxford
Ms. Nikita Aggarwal Research Associate Oxford Internet Institute / University of Oxford
Mr. Thom Wetzer DPhil Candidate in Law and Finance University of Oxford
Dr. Cristie Ford Professor Allard School of Law, UBC
Prof. Christoph Van Der Elst Professor of Business Law Tilburg University
Prof. John Armour Hogan Lovells Professor of Law and Finance University of Oxford
Prof. Luca Enriques Allen & Overy Professor of Corporate Law University of Oxford
Prof. Marco Becht Professor of Finance Solvay Brussels School
Mr. Peter Montagnon Associate Director Institute of Business Ethics
Mr. George S. Dallas Policy Director International Corporate Governance Network
Mr. Jaime Gornsztejn Director Hermes EOS
Ms. Daniela Weber-Rey Non-executive director (NED) HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt and Groupe FNAC DARTY
Dr. Martin Petrin Associate Professor University College London
Mr. Luca Sportelli Associate Cleary Gottlieb
Prof. Patrick Bolton Professor Imperial College London


Allen & Overy, One Bishops Square, London E1 6AD
Elaine McPartlan
European Corporate Governance Institute

Monday 26 November 2018



- 15:30


Back to full programme

Enhancing Shareholder Engagement via Blockchain Technology (DLT)

- 16:50h


- 17:10

Tea / Coffee Break

- 18:30

AI and Corporate Governance

Back to full programme

AI and Corporate Governance

- 18:30h


- 19:00

Drinks Reception



Back to all presentations

Enhancing Shareholder Engagement via Blockchain Technology (DLT)

- 16:50h


Back to all presentations

AI and Corporate Governance

- 18:30h