Back to the State? Government Investment in Corporations and Reregulation

Date(s) of Conference:

June 1-2, 2011


Tel Aviv University


Over the last few years, we have seen the renewed involvement of governments in corporate ownership and control in the wake of the worldwide economic crisis.  After several decades of deregulation, privatization, and steady increase in corporate autonomy, the economic crisis brought many corporations to the brink of bankruptcy and prompted governments to reenter capital markets as investors, guarantors, and regulators.  As the world is starting to recover from the financial crisis, now is a good time to reflect on the recent developments and examine their lessons. The conference will deal with questions such as: Which forms of government involvement work and which do not?  Which forms are temporary and which remain?  Was the exit of governments from this involvement conducted successfully?  How does the recent experience compare to analogous experiences in more distant history?  What can be learned from it for the future?  How did government involvement affect corporate governance and corporate performance? Were firms that did not receive government support affected as well? 

Contact Information:

Ms. Shahar Fayerstein
The Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law
The Buchmann Faculty of Law
Tel Aviv University


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