Events and Mini-Courses

Goethe / Penn Conference on Law and Finance

Sponsored by the Institute of Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and the Doctorate / Ph.D. Programm LEMF

Friday, 16 December 2016, 1 p.m. - 6.30p.m. (Room Commerzbank)
Saturday, 17 December 2016, 8.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. (Room DZ Bank)
House of Finance, Campus Westend

Please register as places are limited!

Speakers: William W. Bratton, Robert Bartlett, Anthony Casey,
Simon Deakin, Jesse Fried, Luca Enriques,  Lars Hornuf, Joe McChahery

Commentators: Brigitte Haar, Brian Broughman, Andreas Engert, Jill Fisch, David Kershaw, Elizabeth Pollman, Holger Spamann, Felix Steffek


Panel Discussion

“Legal Scholars' Engagements in Crisis”

Tuesday, 19 April 2016
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Campus Westend, Casino 1.802

Panelists: Joseph Weiler, Antonius Tzanakopoulos, Alexander Peukert, Anna Katharina Mangold, Alexandra Kemmerer


Workshop with Joseph H. H. Weiler

“A Doctorate in Law – From Application to Publication”

Tuesday, 19 April 2016
10:00 a. m. - 12:00 p. m. and 1:30 p. m. - 3:30 p. m.
Campus Westend, RuW 1.201


Summer Term 2016
Mini-Course "Bank Crisis Management"

with Dr. Johannes Adolff, LL.M (Univ. Cambridge), Partner at Hengeler Mueller

Course dates and venue:

11.06.2016   10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

25.06.2016   10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

02.07.2016   10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Hengeler Mueller - Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwaelten mbB
Bockenheimer Landstrasse 24
D-60323 Frankfurt am Main

Link to LSF: Vorlesung mit Übung - Bank Crisis Management

17 November 2015
Workshop "Law & Liquidity"

with Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School)

at Casino, Campus Westend (more information will follow)

13 January 2014
Paying for Risk: Bankers, Compensation, and Competition

Prof. Charles K. Whitehead, Cornell University Law School, Professor of Law

On January 13th, Charles Whitehead presented the paper "Paying for Risk: Bankers, Compensation, and Competition" which he wrote together with Simone M. Sepe. Charles Whitehead defined current results concerning his research on remuneration rules in the financial industry and focused on the nexus between compensation and the willingness of financial actors to take risk. He pictured that risk-taking generally increases the probability of a higher compensation, but he also stated that compensation caps would not have any impact on the risk-taking of financial actors. Considering these findings Charles Whitehead calls not for rigid compensation caps but for far-reaching reforms on compensation rules.

4 - 11 December 2013
Current Judicial Legitimacy in Developing Countries - an Interdisciplinary Study of Legal Institutions

Prof. John N. Drobak, George Alexander Madill Professor of Real Property & Equity Jurisprudence, Professor of Economics

John Drobak presented upon invitation by the LEMF Program a paper on "Judicial Legitimacy in Developing Countries - an Interdisciplinary Study of Legal Institutions". John Drobak focused mainly on the tradition on composition of courts and the structure of legal systems in developing countries. 

Besides the paper presentation, John Drobak taught the course "Introduction to Law and Economics" at the LEMF Program. The course gave an inspiring introduction to the intersection of both disciplines. The focus lay on Ronald Coase's article "The Problem of Social Cost" and the traditional application of economic theory to the legal problems of the areas property, contract and competition law. In addition to a discussion about empoirical analysis of judicial decisions, the course covered articles concerning the field of Economics and Political Economy. Over all, the students had a great and active discussion and could broaden their minds in the very interesting field of Law and Economics.

9-12 July 2013
Current Topics in Securities Law

Prof. Jill Fisch, Perry Golkin Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School

From 9 to 12 July 2013 the LEMF Program had the pleasure to welcome Professor Jill Fisch for a mini-course on "Current Topics in Securities Law". Jill Fisch provided an overview of the structure of the Capital Market in the US before going into detail. The Facebook IPO was used as a case study for the procedure of an IPO; from the first investor roadshows to the post-IPO trading phase. Fortunately, Jill Fisch was able to discuss the changes after implementation of Dodd-Frank and the resulting effects on Corporate Governance in the US, focusing on the "say on pay" rules. Especially interesting were the sessions on the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups), which provided an insight into the legals aspects of crowdfunding. Jill Fisch was successfully able to give a comprehensive overview on the US capital market law and the recent legislative changes to European students.

Besides the course on Securities Law, Jill Fisch also hosted a workshop titeld; "Why do Retail Investors make costly mistakes? An Experiment on Mutual Fund Choice". During the workshop she presented an experiment that shows puzzling results on the investment choices of retail investors, such as; choosing mutual funds with higher fees and lower return rates instead of better performing and cheaper alternatives. All participants of the workshop enjoyed the lively discussion after the presentation of the result and the possible implications on the Capital markets of the US and Europe.