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Investor Sustainability Engagement


Thursday, 23 June 2022

12:00 – 19:00 CEST

Friday, 24 June 2022

08:45 – 17:00 CEST


University of Amsterdam | Online

Roeterseiland campus, A building, room A2.09

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Anne Lafarre (Tilburg University & ACLE)
Suren Gomtsian (University of Leeds & ACLE)
Alessio M. Pacces (University of Amsterdam, ACLE & ECGI)


Supported by

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics and Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Private Law
University of Leeds - Centre for Business Law and Practice and Michael Beverley Innovation Fellowship Programme
Tilburg University - The Dutch Research Council (NWO)


About the Event

Recent years have witnessed a growing pressure on corporations to act more responsibly towards stakeholders other than shareholders. Demands for more responsible behaviour are coming from different sides, including from institutional investors who have become large shareholders in many corporations around the world. Powerful institutional shareholders are at the centre of private actor-led efforts to make businesses more sustainable.

Institutional shareholders, however, face many challenges in engaging with portfolio firms. Effective engagement requires a good understanding of target companies, their businesses and the relevant trade-offs, more clarity about the meaning of corporate sustainability, and the availability of credible information about business practices. Questions also remain about the incentives of institutional shareholders to drive changes in corporate behaviours and about the overall impact of investor sustainability engagement.

The conference on Investor Sustainability Engagement answered these questions by bringing together world-class scholars from law, corporate finance and economics, and leading practitioners from different sectors. This hybrid conference took place at the University of Amsterdam, in person, and virtually over Zoom on June 23-24, 2022. There were sessions with presentations of academic papers and a roundtable discussion on investor sustainability engagement by experts from the investor community, consultants, and charities.


Thursday, 23 June 2022 | 12:00 CEST

Welcome and light lunch


Conference Dinner (by invitation)

Friday, 24 June 2022 | 08:45 CEST


Short Break

Lunch break

Short Break



Anna Christie

Departmental Lecturer in Law and Finance
University of Oxford Faculty of Law
Academic Member

Luca Enriques

Professor of Corporate Law
University of Oxford
Fellow, Research Member

Jennifer G. Hill

Bob Baxt AO Chair in Corporate and Commercial Law
Monash University
Research Member

Amir Licht

Professor of Law
Harry Radzyner Law School, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Research Member

Colin Mayer

Emeritus Professor of Management Studies
Blavatnik School of Government and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Fellow, Research Member

Alessio Pacces

Professor of Law and Finance
Amsterdam Law School and Business School, University of Amsterdam
Research Member

Konstantinos Sergakis

Professor of Capital Markets Law and Corporate Governance
School of Law, University of Glasgow
Academic Member

Thom Wetzer

Associate Professor of Law and Finance
Faculty of Law
Representative Member


Alessio M. Pacces
University of Amsterdam
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