Corporate Law and Practice in Turbulent Times

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About this event

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the global economy and flow of capital and people. The campaign of decoupling driven by geopolitics is reshaping our business world. Corporate law is critical in allowing businesses to respond quickly to these challenges. This session will reflect and explore significant issues in corporate law in the turbulent times. These issues include the use of China’s corporate social credit system in the pandemic time, the impact of regulations on cross listings under the deteriorating US-China relationship, and a discussion on liabilities of professionals in securities fraud litigations in China. 

Associate Professor Charlie Xiao-chuan Weng will host a panel of eminent corporate scholars from the Asian Pacific region to discuss the issues mentioned above and their implications to the whole region. He will be joined by Associate Professor Lauren Yuhsin Lin of the City University of Hong Kong, Associate Professor Wei Zhang of the Singapore Management University, and Dr Xiaochen Zhang of ZheJiang University of Finance and Economics.  


Associate Professor Charlie Xiao-chuan Weng

Associate Professor Charlie Xiao-chuan Weng joined the UNSW Law & Justice in 2015. Previously, he was Oriental Scholar Chair Professor of Law and Assistant Dean at the KoGuan Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) . He also taught at Nagoya University Graduate School of Law (Japan) as Designated Associate Professor. He studied law at East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) before completing his LLM at the National University of Singapore (NUS). After working for ECUPL for five years, he went to the University of Pennsylvania School of Law for his LLM and SJD in corporate law, followed by an appointment as a Robert S. McNamara Fellow at the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law. In 2012, he was recruited by SJTU as a Research Professor.

His research interest centers on law and business. He has published widely in the fields of corporate law, securities law, and bankruptcy. His research projects were heavily supported by multiple organizations, including the World Bank and the Municipal government of Shanghai. Before joining UNSW, he had received more than one million RMB research funding, with his research outputs providing assistance to funding organizations. Currently, he is especially interested in research on the law of capital markets, the fundamental theory of corporate law and is interested in employing cross-disciplinary research methodologies to analyze the impact on the real economy of changes in the law governing corporate law and financial regulation. 


Associate Professor Lauren Yu-Hsin Lin 

Dr Lauren Yu-Hsin Lin is an Associate Professor at City University of Hong Kong, School of Law. Her research focuses on corporate law and governance. She relies on empirical data and economic theories to dissect and understand the effect of different governance and regulatory measures on corporations. She has published articles on major topics in corporate governance, such as shareholder activism, securities class action, board independence, dual-class share structure and governance issues in state-owned enterprises. She speaks regularly at international academic conferences and has been invited to serve as referees for top law and finance journals. She has published with leading academic journals such as the Journal of Legal Studies and Journal of Empirical Legal Studies and has also been interviewed by major media, including The Economist and Bloomberg, as a corporate law expert.

Associate Professor Wei Zhang

Associate Professor Wei Zhang is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Singapore Management University, School of Law. He earned his LL.B. from Fudan University, M.A. in Civil Law from Waseda University, LL.M. from Harvard Law School and Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley. Dr. Zhang specializes in corporate and commercial law, law and economics, property law, and Chinese law.  He focuses on quantitative empirical studies of law and the effects of legal system on our society. His works have been published in various peer-reviewed journals in U.S., U.K., mainland China and Taiwan. He presents routinely at major international conferences in law and economics and empirical legal studies. Dr. Zhang has also been invited as a visiting professor or guest speaker to top universities and regulatory agencies in China, including Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, as well as the Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges and the Shanghai Financial Court.

Dr Xiaochen Zhang

Dr Xiaochen Zhang did her SJD at Penn law from 2017/09-2019/05, and her research interest is comparative corporate law. Her SJD dissertation title is "Controlling Agency Costs in China’s State-Owned Enterprises--the power struggle between political control and corporate governance". She obtained her LLB from CUPL in 2004, and her LLM from Penn Law in 2005. In 2006-2010, She was a PhD Candidate in London School of Economics and Political Science. She did research on asset-backed securitization as a paid-intern in the Asian Development Bank, Manila in 2009. In 2016-2017, she was a visiting researcher at Penn Law. She is also doing a PhD at China university of Political Science and Law now, and her PhD research is about the regulatory costs of Chinese listed companies.