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

Bill Sjostrom —  30 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 30, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (number of downloads)):

1 – 1 (348) Capital Structure, Payout Policy, and Financial Flexibility by Harry DeAngelo & Linda DeAngelo.

2 – 2 (241) Devolution of Authority: The DOJ’s Corporate Charging Policies by Lawrence D. Finder & Ryan D. McConnell.

3 – 3 (205) The Case Against Mandatory Annual Director Elections and Shareholders’ Meetings by William K. Sjostrom.

4 – 5 (144) Lost in Translation? Corporate Legal Transplants in China by Donald C. Clarke.

5 – NR (75) Managers’ Fiduciary Duties in Financially Distressed Corporations: Chaos in Delaware (and Elsewhere) by Rutheford B. Campbell & Christopher W. Frost.

6 – NR (72) Ex Ante Choices of Law and Forum: An Empirical Analysis of Corporate Merger Agreements by Theodore Eisenberg & Geoffrey P. Miller.

7 – 9 (67) Placing Election Bylaws on the Corporate Ballot by Lucian Arye Bebchuk, Allen Ferrell, Reinier Kraakman, Mark J. Roe & Guhan Subramanian.

8 – 7 (63) Intellectual Capital Reporting: A User Perspective by Suresh Cuganesan, Richard Petty & Nigel Finch.

9 – NR (62) Law, Norms, and the Breakdown of the Board: Promoting Accountability in Corporate Governance by Renee Jones.

10 – NR (54) Regulating Executive Remuneration: International Developments in the Post-Scandal Era by Jennifer G. Hill.

Top 10 most-downloaded corporate governance law papers announced during the 60 day period ended August 30, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (number of downloads)):

1 – 3 (250) Hedge Funds in Corporate Governance and Corporate Control by Marcel Kahan & Edward B. Rock.

2 – 1 (241) Devolution of Authority: The DOJ’s Corporate Charging Policies by Lawrence D. Finder & Ryan D. McConnell.

3 – 2 (205) The Case Against Mandatory Annual Director Elections and Shareholders’ Meetings by William K. Sjostrom.

4 – 4 (189) The Sarbanes-Oxley Debacle: What We’ve Learned; How to Fix It by Larry E. Ribstein & Henry N. Butler.

5 – 10 (157) Predicting Corporate Governance Risk: Evidence from the Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance Market by Tom Baker & Sean J. Griffith.

6 – NR (144) Lost in Translation? Corporate Legal Transplants in China by Donald C. Clarke.

7 – 7 (133) Corporate Governance and the Reinvention of Finance by Stuart I. Greenbaum.

8 – 9 (132) Reforming the Taxation of Deferred Compensation by Ethan Yale & Gregg D. Polsky.

9 – 8 (125) The One-Share-One-Vote Controversy in the EU by Arman Khachaturyan.

10 – NR (118) After the Scandals: Changing Relationships in Corporate Governance by Cary Coglianese, Cary Coglianese & Michael L. Michael.

Top 10 most-downloaded securities law papers announced during the 60 day period ended August 30, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (total number of downloads)):

1 – NR (368) Spam Works: Evidence from Stock Touts and Corresponding Market Activity by Laura Frieder & Jonathan Zittrain.

2 – 1 (349) Capital Structure, Payout Policy, and Financial Flexibility by Harry DeAngelo & Linda DeAngelo.

3 – 2 (241) Devolution of Authority: The DOJ’s Corporate Charging Policies by Lawrence D. Finder & Ryan D. McConnell.

4 – 3 (205) The Case Against Mandatory Annual Director Elections and Shareholders’ Meetings by William K. Sjostrom.

5 – 4 (189) The Sarbanes-Oxley Debacle: What We’ve Learned; How to Fix It by Larry E. Ribstein & Henry N. Butler.

6 – NR (177) The Information Role of Conservative Financial Statements by Ryan LaFond & Ross L. Watts.

7 – 6 (157) Predicting Corporate Governance Risk: Evidence from the Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Insurance Market by Tom Baker & Sean J. Griffith.

8 – 8 (106) Securities Litigation and its Lawyers: Changes During the First Decade After PSLRA by Stephen J. Choi & Robert B. Thompson.

9 – 9 (95) After Enron: Improving Corporate Law and Modernising Securities Regulation in Europe and the US by John Armour & Joseph A. McCahery.

10 – NR (88) Regulating Hedge Funds by Dale A. Oesterle.