SSRN Top Tens for Corporate, Corporate Governance, and Securities Law

Bill Sjostrom —  16 August 2006

The current SSRN top tens for corporate, corporate governance, and securities law are after the jump.

Top 10 most-downloaded corporate law papers announced during the 60 day period ended August 16, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (number of downloads)):

1 – 6 (242) Capital Structure, Payout Policy, and Financial Flexibility by Harry DeAngelo & Linda DeAngelo.

2 – 1 (223) Devolution of Authority: The DOJ’s Corporate Charging Policies by Lawrence D. Finder & Ryan D. McConnell.

3 – 2 (192) The Case Against Mandatory Annual Director Elections and Shareholders’ Meetings by William K. Sjostrom.

4 – 5 (147) Legal Origins and Modern Stock Markets by Mark J. Roe.

5 – 7 (114) Lost in Translation? Corporate Legal Transplants in China by Donald C. Clarke.

6 – 9 (106) The Strategy of Boilerplate by Robert B. Ahdieh.

7 – 8 (62) Intellectual Capital Reporting: A User Perspective by Suresh Cuganesan, Richard Petty & Nigel Finch.

8 – NR (57) Did Adoption of Forward-Looking Valuation Methods Improve Valuation Accuracy in Shareholder Litigation? by Feng Chen, Kenton K. Yee & Yong Keun Yoo.

9 – NR (46) Placing Election Bylaws on the Corporate Ballot by Lucian Arye Bebchuk, Allen Ferrell, Reinier Kraakman, Mark J. Roe & Guhan Subramanian.

10 – NR (39) Ethics and Corruption in Business and Government: Lessons from the South Sea Bubble and the Bank of the United States by Richard W. Painter.

Top 10 most-downloaded corporate governance law papers announced during the 60 day period ended August 16, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (number of downloads)):

1 – 1 (223) Devolution of Authority: The DOJ’s Corporate Charging Policies by Lawrence D. Finder & Ryan D. McConnell.

2 – 2 (192) The Case Against Mandatory Annual Director Elections and Shareholders’ Meetings by William K. Sjostrom.

3 – NR (166) Hedge Funds in Corporate Governance and Corporate Control by Marcel Kahan & Edward B. Rock.

4 – 6 (151) The Sarbanes-Oxley Debacle: What We’ve Learned; How to Fix It by Henry N. Butler & Larry E. Ribstein.

5 – 7T (147) Legal Origins and Modern Stock Markets by Mark J. Roe.

6 – 7T (133) The Effect of Internal Control Deficiencies and Their Remediation on Accrual Quality by Hollis Ashbaugh-Skaife, Daniel W. Collins, William R. Kinney, Jr. & Ryan LaFond.

7 – 9 (121) Corporate Governance and the Reinvention of Finance by Stuart I. Greenbaum.

8 – 10 (119) The One-Share-One-Vote Controversy in the EU by Arman Khachaturyan.

9 – NR (118) Reforming the Taxation of Deferred Compensation by Ethan Yale & Gregg D. Polsky.

10 – NR (117) Predicting Corporate Governance Risk: Evidence from the Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance Market by Tom Baker & Sean J. Griffith.

Top 10 most-downloaded securities law papers announced during the 60 day period ended August 16, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (total number of downloads)):

1 – 7 (242) Capital Structure, Payout Policy, and Financial Flexibility by Harry DeAngelo & Linda DeAngelo.

2 – 1 (223) Devolution of Authority: The DOJ’s Corporate Charging Policies by Lawrence D. Finder & Ryan D. McConnell.

3 – 2 (192) The Case Against Mandatory Annual Director Elections and Shareholders’ Meetings by William K. Sjostrom.

4 – 4 (151) The Sarbanes-Oxley Debacle: What We’ve Learned; How to Fix It by Henry N. Butler & Larry E. Ribstein.

5 – 5 (147) Legal Origins and Modern Stock Markets by Mark J. Roe.

6 – 9 (117) Predicting Corporate Governance Risk: Evidence from the Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance Market by Tom Baker & Sean J. Griffith.

7 – NR (106) The Strategy of Boilerplate by Robert B. Ahdieh.

8 – 10 (92) Securities Litigation and its Lawyers: Changes During the First Decade After PSLRA by Stephen J. Choi & Robert B. Thompson.

9 – NR (81) After Enron: Improving Corporate Law and Modernising Securities Regulation in Europe and the US by John Armour & Joseph A. McCahery.

10 – NR (76) Mandating Corporate Behavior: Can One Set of Rules Fit All? by Hal S. Scott & George S. Dallas.