Business & Corporate Law

Michelle M. Harner & Jamie Marincic Griffin, Facilitating Successful Failures

Approximately 80,000 businesses fail each year in the United States. This Article presents an original empirical study that surveys more than 400 business restructuring professionals. The study focuses on a critical factor that arguably contributes to these failures—the conduct of boards of directors and management. Anecdotal evidence suggests that management of distressed companies often bury […]

Miriam H. Baer, Confronting the Two Faces of Corporate Fraud

Some criminals engage in meticulous planning. Others commit crimes in the heat of the moment. Corporate fraud incorporates both planned and spur-of-the-moment misconduct. Although law and economics scholars have traditionally viewed corporate fraud as a manifestation of opportunism among the corporation’s agents, a new generation of scholars, influenced by findings in behavioral psychology, has focused […]

Lawrence A. Cunningham, Deferred Prosecutions and Corporate Governance: An Integrated Approach to Investigation and Reform

When evaluating how to proceed against a corporate investigative target, law enforcement authorities often ignore the target’s governance arrangements, while subsequently negotiating or imposing governance requirements, especially in deferred prosecution agreements. Ignoring governance structures and processes amid investigation can be hazardous, and implementing improvised reforms afterwards may have severe unintended consequences—particularly when prescribing standardized governance […]

Lee Harris, CEO Retention

Again and again, economists, corporate law scholars, and Congress have turned to reforms, such as executive compensation reforms, as a solution to executive misbehavior. The root of the evil, they muse, is skyhigh pay with only a flimsy connection to managerial performance. If CEO pay can only be rejiggered on the front end and tied to performance, the argument goes, […]

A Response to Professor Rose’s ‘Shareholder Proposals in the Market for Corporate Influence’

Robert J. Rhee

Abstract Response to Paul Rose, Shareholder Proposals in the Market for Corporate Influence Professor Paul Rose’s Shareholder Proposals in the Market for Corporate Influence makes a significant contribution to the literature on shareholder proposals. The empirical data on shareholder voting trends from 2003 to 2013 was informative, and the insights Professor Rose derives there from are plausible conclusions. […]

Dealing With Corporate Misconduct

Peter J. Henning

Abstract Response to Lawrence A. Cunningham, Deferred Prosecutions and Corporate Governance: An Integrated Approach to Investigation and Reform The standard method, these days, to resolve a criminal investigation of a corporation, particularly those with publicly traded shares, is a deferred or non-prosecution agreement. Under such agreements, the company generally pays a fine, some of which have been […]