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The COVID-19 Crisis and Its Aftermath: Corporate Governance Implications and Policy Challenges 

24-Hour Global Webinar hosted throughout: Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China, Israel, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, and USA

16 April 2020

It is already clear that the COVID-19 pandemic will have dire economic consequences, and collective thought is being applied to what policies can better ensure societies’ resilience and their quick and dynamic recovery once the crisis is over. Corporate governance scholars can help devise sound and effective policies for this purpose. This global webinar convened scholars, practitioners and policymakers with the aim of sharing evidence-based insights for the common good.

Topics included, but were not limited to:
·         Corporate social responsibility in war-like times
·         Corporate governance digitalization
·         The role of institutional investors and stewardship
·         Takeover defences and M&A trends
·         Bond markets and bankruptcy 
·         Corporate purpose in times of crisis
·         The governance implications of emergency laws and government bailouts
·         Securities regulation (disclosure, short-selling bans, etc.)
·         ESG and Impact investing 
·         Systemic risk and financial stability following exogenous shocks

A collection of related articles by ECGI research members is available here

The schedule for the event was as follows (16 April 2020):


(Melbourne) AEST


Local time



09:00 – 11:00


Monash University, Melbourne

11:30 – 13:30

10:30 – 12:30 JST/KST

University of Tokyo

Seoul National University

14:00 – 16:00

12:00 – 14:00 GMT+8 /CST

National University of Singapore

Peking University

16:30 – 18:30

09:30 – 11:30 IDT

Tel Aviv University

IDC Herzliya, Israel

19:00 – 21:00

11:00 – 13:00 CEST

Goethe University Frankfurt

21:30 – 23:30

13:30 – 15:30 CEST

Swedish House of Finance

00:00 – 02:00

15:00 – 17:00 BST

University of Oxford

Imperial College London

02:15 – 04:15

12:15 – 14:15 EDT

Columbia University

04:30 – 06:30

14:30 – 16:30 EDT

Harvard University

Yale University  

07:00 – 09:00

14:00 – 16:00 PDT

Stanford University

The sessions were recorded and will be published on the ECGI website after the event. Registration for attendance was open to all with an interest in corporate governance.


An initiative of ECGI and the Global Corporate Governance Colloquia (GCGC).


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