Lehrstuhl für Bürgerliches Recht, Deutsches und Europäisches Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht

6th ECFR Symposium (2011)

 Program of the 6th ECFR Symposium

in Zurich, Switzerland, on Friday, September 30 (9.00 – ca. 18.00)


1) The Role of Central Banks in the Financial Markets (morning session)


2) The European Commission’s Green Paper: The EU corporate governance framework, COM(2011) 164 final (afternoon session):

The ECFR Conference was held at the University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 71, 8001 Zurich ( The Conference was held in English. On the basis of talks by both academics and practitioners, our conference schedule visited the following topics:

Opening remarks

Peter Nobel
(Professor, University of St. Gallen, and Rechtsanwalt, Zurich, Switzerland, Managing editor of the Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Finanzmarktrecht)

Heribert Hirte
(Professor, University of Hamburg, Germany)

Morning Session
President: Maarten Kroeze (Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Central Banks as Supervisors before and after the Financial Crisis - Economic background and economic perspectives -

(Donato Masciandaro, Professor of Economics, Chair in Economics of Financial Regulation, Director, Paolo Baffi Centre on Central Banking and Financial Regulation Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy)

The European Central Bank and the Sovereign Debt Crisis

(Helmut Siekmann, Professor, Dr. Dr. h.c., Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main, Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability, Germany)

The Division of Capital Markets’ Supervision between Central Banks and Capital Markets Authorities

(Helene Vletter-van Dort, Prof. dr., University of Rotterdam, Chair of securities and banking law,
Member of the supervisory board of the Dutch Central Bank)

– Morning break –

Central Banks and the European Stability Mechanism (as proposed by the Council)

(Peter Sester, Prof., Dr. Dr., Director of the Institute for Business Law at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

The Financial Stability Board in the International Financial Architecture (Eva Hüpkes, Dr. iur., Financial Stability Board, Basel, Switzerland)

– Lunch break – (in the University)

Afternoon Session
President: Isabelle Urbain-Parleani (Professor, Université Paris V, Paris, France)

State Aids, Central Banks and the Financial Crisis

(Georgios Psaroudakis, Dr., Bank of Greece and Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece)

A Swiss Response to Systemic Risk: the «Too Big to Fail» Draft Banking Legislation

(Mario Giovanoli, Prof. emeritus, Dr., University of Lausanne, Switzerland; formerly General Counsel of the Bank for International Settlements [BIS])

– Afternoon break –

Shareholder Governance amid Regulator Change

(Andrew Verstein, Associate Research Scholar in Law and
John R. Raben/Sullivan & Cromwell Executive Director
Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)

The Law of Intermediated Securities

(Luc Thévenoz, Professeur, Université de Genève, Switzerland)