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Do Independent Directors Provide a Valuable Service to Shareholders? (2017.03.28 @ Manila, the Phili

Mar 28, 2017 (Tue) 12nn - 2pm

Makati City 2nd Floor, Milkyway Building, 900 Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road) Corner Paseo De Rox Manila 1200 Philippines

Co-organized by the HKUST-NYU Stern MS in Global Finance Program and The CFA Institute Philipppines

About the Seminar

Having a Majority of independent directors on the board is standard in many markets around the world and considered a best practice. The norm is encouraged by international guidelines for corporate governance and recent regulatory initiatives. Despite the widespread view that independent directors are beneficial to shareholder value, direct empirical evidence is scant.

In this seminar Professor Kasper Meisner Nielsen from HKUST approaches the question from an unusual angle - the sudden deaths of independent directors - and show that independent board members are indeed beneficial to shareholder value. Adding more independent directors to a board is, however, not always beneficial. Reforms of corporate boards should therefore aim at optimizing board effectiveness, rather than meeting global best practices.

About the Speaker

Professor Kasper Meisner Nielsen is Associate Professor at HKUST, and Academic Director of the HKUST-NYU Stern MS in Global Finance. He received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Copenhagen. Professor Nielsen previously taught at Chinese University of Hong Kong and Copenhagen Business School, and has been a visiting scholar at Stern School of Business at New York University.

Professor Nielsen's research interests are corporate governance, entrepreneurial finance, family business, and household finance. His research has featured in international newspapers and magazines including Business Week, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, International Herald Tribune, The Economist, The Times of India, and Wall Street Journal. His work has been published in academic journals including The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, Review of Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance and Journal of Banking and Finance.

His research has been awarded with external financing from competitive research grants on several occasions. On his area of expertise Professor Nielsen has served as an external advisor, consultant, and lecturer to government agencies and companies in China, Denmark and Hong Kong.

About the Seminar

Date: Mar 28, 2017 (Tue)

Venue: Makati City 2nd Floor. Milkyway Building 900 Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road) Corner Paseo De Rox Manila 1200 Philippines

12:00 nn Registration

12:30 Introduction

12:40 Presentation

13:30 Q & A

13:45 End

The seminar is free of charge and light lunch will be provided.

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