Corporate and Financial Law Colloquium: Call for Papers

[The following announcement is posted on behalf of The Michigan – Jindal
Centre for Global Corporate and Financial Law and Policy, Jindal Global Law
Corporations form the backbone of a country’s economy and the status of
its commercial laws determines the robustness of its economy. Corporations not
only assist in improving the local economy, they also play a key role in
raising global capital and furthering investments, both domestic and foreign.
Like many other emerging economies, India has been on a path of rapid
economic liberalization and accompanying growth. This growth has required
equally strong corporate governance norms which have been implemented in India
in the last ten years or so. Drawing from the recommendations of the Cadbury
Committee Report and later, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Securities and Exchange
Board of India formulated and implemented corporate governance laws. However,
the enactment of the Companies Act, 2013 brings to the proverbial corporate
table, new issues on how companies are run, and more importantly, how they
should be run. In addition, various sectors and areas of law are undergoing
significant changes due to a variety of reasons, such as economic reforms,
rethinking of institutional policy and implementation of appropriate regulatory
mechanisms to deal with rapid socio-economic changes.
The Michigan – Jindal Centre for Global Corporate and Financial Law and
Policy, Jindal Global Law School is proud to announce the Inaugural Corporate
and Financial Law Colloquium to be held at the OPJGU campus from April 15th,
2015 to April 17th 2015.
The goal of this colloquium is to present an important opportunity for
practitioners, academicians, law students, representatives of regulatory
bodies, businesses, investors and stakeholders to engage and reflect on issues
relevant to corporate governance and emerging legal, policy and regulatory
challenges and developments in rapidly developing areas such as banking,
competition and corporate fund-raising. We welcome theoretical, empirical as
well as practitioners’ perspectives.
Call for
Abstracts are invited on a number of broad themes around which the
conference will be organized. Selected papers pertaining to each theme will be
discussed in a panel consisting of presenters as well as experienced members of
the JGLS faculty. These themes, along with suggested sub-topics are as follows:
* Competition Law
– Growing trends in combination regulation
– Emerging overlap between competition and intellectual property in the
innovation industry
– Competition compliance
* Corporate Governance/CSR
– Board liability and responsibility
– Role of Corporate Gatekeepers – Merchant Banks, Auditors and Corporate
– Minority shareholder protection
– Comparative Corporate Governance
* Corporate Fund-Raising
– Challenges for Indian corporates to raise money from international
capital market
– Comparison of raising finances through share issuances and through
– Types of debt instruments available to Indian corporates
– Considerations in determining mode of corporate financing
* Contract Drafting
– Fashioning remedies
– Drafting clauses on dispute resolution – traps for the unwary
– Indemnification
* Insurance
-The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill 2008
– Developments in insurance regulation
– Consumer protection in insurance
– Insurance product oversight and governance
* Banking
– Competition in the Banking Sector
– Regulation of Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs)
– The Sanctity of Debt-contract: Problems and Solutions
– The Rise of E-banking: Role of Law
* Islamic Finance/ Banking
– Standardization of Contemporary Islamic Finance
– Product Development in Islamic Finance
– Islamic Microfinance 
– Sharia-Compliant Infinitives to Islamic Finance  
Timing and
The conference will run from April 15th, 2015 to April 17th
(both days inclusive) and will be held at the O.P. Jindal Global
University, Sonipat, NCR of Delhi, India.
– Abstracts of not more than 500 words are
required to be submitted via email by January 30th, 2014 to
Arjya Majumdar at [email protected].
Email submissions must have “Corporate and Financial Law Colloquium – Abstract
Submission” as the subject header.
– Authors of selected abstracts will be
notified by February 15th, 2015.
– Selected participants must send in their
confirmation of registration and draft papers (8,000 – 10,000 words) by March
20th, 2015
. Registration modalities will be informed to selected
participants separately. Draft papers must be submitted in MS Word *.doc (Times
New Roman, font size 12, double spacing) format, in UK English and footnotes
should conform to the requirements of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of
Citation (19th ed.).
& local transfers
Jindal Global Law School will provide accommodation to the participants
on the university premises. Transfers to and from the Delhi airport will also
be provided.

About the author

Umakanth Varottil

Umakanth Varottil is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He specializes in corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions and cross-border investments. Prior to his foray into academia, Umakanth was a partner at a pre-eminent law firm in India.

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