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This event is part of a series of small scale academic workshops bringing together financial and legal historian with economists and legal scholars, and follows a first conference organized in October 2008 in Amsterdam on "The emergence of the corporate form". Theme Depersonalization of business-the possibility for an enterprise to operate a distinct entity from its owners and managers-allows for easier financing and larger scale. However, legal personality (the modern way to depersonalize business) is a very recent legal notion and it fully emerged only in 19th century. The purpose of this workshop is to identify the steps that brought to its emergence.

Detail Summary
Date 11 January 2010
Time 09:00 - 18:00

Program and papers can be downloaded via the links below.





Monday, January 11th, 2010

Venue: Room E.007, Faculty of Economics and Business, Roetersstraat 11, Amsterdam




Historical Emergence of the Corporate Form Discussion Round
09:00 - 09:45 "Asset partitioning" Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci
09:45 - 10:30 "Representation" Eric Hilt
10:30 - 11:15 "Continuity" Joost Jonker and Oscar Gelderblom
11:15 12:00 "Collective Decisionmaking" Ron Harris

Venue: Room A101, Faculty of Law, Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Amsterdam

16:15 - 17:30 Seminar Ron Harris - "The Private Origins of the Private Company: Britain 1862-1907"



Tuesday January 12th, 2010

Venue: Room E.007, Faculty of Economics and Business, Roetersstraat 11, Amsterdam

09:00 -


Determinants of the Corporate       Form Paper Presentations
09:00 - 10:00 Oscar Gelderblom, Abe de Jong and Joost Jonker "Putting Le Maire into Perspective"
10:10 - 11:00 Stefania Gialdroni "A Commercial Soul in a Corporate Body: the Case of the East India Company"
11:10 - 12:00 Eric Hilt "Entity Shielding and the Limited Partnership: Evidence From New York, 1821-1858"

Venue: Tinbergen Institute, Roetersstraat 31




Seminar Nicola Gennaioli - "Standardized Enforcement: Access to Justice vs Contractual Innovation"

Venue: The Amsterdam City Archives, Vijzelstraat 32



17:00 Exhibition "Amsterdam Capital of Finance"


For this workshop it is required to register in advance (free of charge). Send an email to the ACLE Secretariat with your contact information, field of research and affiliation.