Why are fewer companies going public? – SSE Riga hosts an international event promoting dialogue between academics & practitioners
The steep decline in initial public offerings in the U.S. has raised concerns about reduced opportunities for the general public to save for the future. The European Corporate Governance Institute Roundtable held at SSE Riga on June 10th was organized with a focus on discussing the reasons and implications of fewer companies going public.
International academics and researchers from 15 countries arrived at SSE Riga to take part in the Roundtable which covered topics and involved participants in discussions on the following topics:
- Eclipse of the Public Corporation or Eclipse of the Public Markets?
- Disclosure standards for ownership, ESG, and political contributions – opportunities and challenges
- Passive Investors are Passive Monitors
- Institutional Investors' Impact on the Terms and Outcome of Freeze-Out Tender Offers
- Multi-Class Shares Around the World: The Role of Institutional Investors
The event gathered prominent academic speakers and participants like René M. Stulz (Ohio State University), Roni Michaely (University of Geneva), Erik Berglӧf (London School of Economics), Yupana Wiwattanakantang (National University of Singapore), Anete Pajuste (Stockholm School of Economics in Riga), Benjamin Maury (Hanken School of Economics), Beni Lauterbach (Bar-Ilan University), Janis Berzins (BI Norwegian Business School), Pedro Matos (Darden School of Business, University of Virginia), Marco Becht (Solvay Brussels School, Université libre de Bruxelles), and others.
Practitioners' view in the event was represented by Andris Grafs (Baltic Corporate Governance Institute), Toms Kreicbergs (Indexo), Māris Vainovskis (Eversheds Sutherland), Ilmārs Osmanis (HansaMatrix), and others.
The Roundtable was organized by the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) in cooperation with SSE Riga and supported by European Corporate Governance Research Centre and Nasdaq. Such events provide an engagement platform between ECGI Research Members and Institutional or Patron Members of ECGI.
A summary report of the conclusions and discussion points will be available here.