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

Bill Sjostrom —  13 October 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 October 11, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (number of downloads)):

1 – NR (219) Corporate Governance and the New Hedge Fund Activism: An Empirical Analysis by Thomas W. Briggs.

2 – 2 (215) Federal Corporate Law: Lessons from History by Lucian Arye Bebchuk & Assaf Hamdani.

3 – 4 (194) Independent Directors and Stock Market Prices: The New Corporate Governance Paradigm by Jeffrey N. Gordon.

4 – 9 (148) Hedge Funds and Governance Targets by William W. Bratton.

5 – 3 (145) The Mythical Benefits of Shareholder Control by Lynn A. Stout.

6 – 5 (110) Law, Norms, and the Breakdown of the Board: Promoting Accountability in Corporate Governance by Renee Jones.

7 – 6 (108) Managers’ Fiduciary Duties in Financially Distressed Corporations: Chaos in Delaware (and Elsewhere) by Rutheford B. Campbell & Christopher W. Frost.

8 – NR (84) The Prime Directive by Robert K. Rasmussen & Douglas G. Baird.

9 – NR (74) Gap Filling, Hedge Funds, and Financial Innovation by Randall S. Thomas & Frank Partnoy.

10 – NR (63) Who Writes the Rules for Hostile Takeovers, and Why? – The Peculiar Divergence of US and UK Takeover Regulation by John Armour & David A. Skeel.

Top 10 most-downloaded corporate governance law papers announced during the 60 day period ended October 11, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (number of downloads)):

1 – 3 (285) Some Observations on the Stock Option Backdating Scandal of 2006 by David I. Walker.

2 – 5 (244) The Case for For-Profit Charities by Eric A. Posner & Anup Malani.

3 – NR (219) Corporate Governance and the New Hedge Fund Activism: An Empirical Analysis by Thomas W. Briggs.

4 – 7 (215) Federal Corporate Law: Lessons from History by Lucian Arye Bebchuk & Assaf Hamdani.

5 – NR (194) Independent Directors and Stock Market Prices: The New Corporate Governance Paradigm by Jeffrey N. Gordon.

6 – 4 (181) The Oligopolistic Gatekeeper: The U.S. Accounting Profession by James D. Cox.

7 – 6 (170) Corporate Social Responsibility as a Conflict Between Shareholders by Amir Barnea & Amir Rubin.

8 – NR (148) Hedge Funds and Governance Targets by William W. Bratton.

9 – 9 (145) The Mythical Benefits of Shareholder Control by Lynn A. Stout.

10 – NR (125) Corporate Social Responsibility: International Perspectives by Abagail McWilliams, Donald Siegel & Patrick M. Wright.

Top 10 most-downloaded securities law papers announced during the 60 day period ended October 11, 2006 (current ranking – previous ranking (total number of downloads)):

1 – 3 (296) The Information Role of Conservative Financial Statements by Ryan LaFond & Ross L. Watts.

2 – 5 (285) Some Observations on the Stock Option Backdating Scandal of 2006 by David I. Walker.

3 – NR (219) Corporate Governance and the New Hedge Fund Activism: An Empirical Analysis by Thomas W. Briggs.

4 – 8 (194) Independent Directors and Stock Market Prices: The New Corporate Governance Paradigm by Jeffrey N. Gordon.

5 – 6 (145) The Mythical Benefits of Shareholder Control by Lynn A. Stout.

6 – 7 (124) An Analysis of Insiders’ Use of Prepaid Variable Forward Transactions by Alan D. Jagolinzer, Steven R. Matsunaga & Eric Yeung.

7 – 9 (110) Law, Norms, and the Breakdown of the Board: Promoting Accountability in Corporate Governance by Renee Jones.

8T – NR (76) Tradeoffs in Corporate Governance: Evidence from Board Structures and Charter Provisions by Stuart Gillan, Jay C. Hartzell & Laura T. Starks.

8T – NR (76) Too Big to Fail: Moral Hazard in Auditing and the Need to Restructure the Industry Before it Unravels by Lawrence A. Cunningham.

8T – NR (76) The Social Construction of Sarbanes-Oxley by Donald C. Langevoort.