Seminar on the Methods of Law & Finance

The Rules for Growth Institute (Droit & Croissance) invites

current PhD students and early-career researchers from Europe

to attend a seminar ‘Methods of Law & Finance’,

Paris, 26 & 27 June 2023


The Rules for Growth Institute (Droit & Croissance) is pleased to announce its second yearly methodological seminar, ‘Methods of Law & Finance’, to be held in Paris on 26 & 27 June 2023. Building on the success of its ‘Methods of Law & Economics’ seminar held in 2022, the aim of this year’s seminar is to introduce PhD students and early-career researchers from Europe to the methods of Law & Finance and the latest research in the Law & Finance of corporate governance.

Through presentations on the following topics, participants will gain a comprehensive overview of academic developments in the fields of:

  • Corporate governance and market failures;
  • Empirical corporate governance: theory and facts about the debate on shareholder democracy and board insulation;
  • Structure and performance of executive compensation;
  • Private law, antitakeover provisions and firm value;
  • State antitakeover laws and firm value;
  • Investor activism and investor opportunism;
  • Investors’ time horizon and corporate governance;
  • Market shocks, corporate governance and firm value.

In addition to presenting relevant empirical contributions, the seminar will review the major empirical approaches used in these areas, such as cross-sectional analysis, time-series analysis, levels v. changes analysis, instrumental variable approach in finance, high-dimensional fixed effect models, matching models, regression discontinuity, placebo, and more. This will enable PhD students and early-career researchers to develop the necessary skills to engage with and cast a critical eye on theoretical and empirical research in the field of Law & Finance.


The seminar was taught by Professors Simone M. Sepe, and Alan Schwartz, two internationally renowned experts in Law & Finance.

Professor Simone M. Sepe is the Chester H. Smith Professor of Law and Finance at the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona. His areas of expertise include business organizations, corporate finance, contract theory, law and
economics, law and philosophy, and empirical methods. He holds doctoral degrees in both law and economics.

Professor Alan Schwartz is a Sterling Professor at Yale University. Professor Schwartz is one of the leading experts on law & economics worldwide. His academic specialties include corporate finance and corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, contracts, and commercial transactions.



Participation in the ‘Methods of Law & Finance’ seminar is free of charge.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, the Rules for Growth Institute (Droit & Croissance) can reimburse up to 200 euros of the travel expenses for PhD students and early-career researchers based outside of France.

The seminar will be held on the premises of Orrick Rambaud Martel (61 Rue desBelles Feuilles, 75016 Paris). Breakfast and lunch will be served for the two days of the seminar.



Current PhD students and early-career researchers who have obtained their PhD less than 2 years ago are invited to submit their applications by Wednesday, 10 May 2023 (6pm CET).

Applications should contain a CV and a brief description of the applicant’s current research project and should be submitted via e-mail to Paul Oudin ( and Vasile Rotaru (

Places are limited to 25 participants. Admission decisions will be announced viae-mail on Saturday, 13 May 2023.


The ’Methods of Law & Finance’ seminar is organized with the generous support of Comgest, an independent, international asset management group, The Chaire Sirius of Toulouse Capitole University and the Paris office of the law firm Orrick Rambaud Martel