Top US law school don to speak at SIDC seminar and evening talk

Kuala Lumpur, 23 August 2001

Professor Bernard Black, a Professor of Law at the prestigious Stanford Law School, United States of America (USA) will be the special guest speaker at a half-day seminar and evening talk organised by the Securities Industry Development Centre (SIDC) of the Securities Commission (SC). Both these events will be held on 28 August 2001 at the SC Building in Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur and is supported by the Malaysian Economic Association (MEA).

The objective of the seminar and evening talk is to enhance market participants' knowledge on related issues on company law reform in emerging economies and will particularly benefit policy makers from the Government and related bodies, regulators, directors of public listed companies, company secretaries, lawyers, senior managers, accountants, financial controllers, partners and senior managers of accounting firms, academicians and research consultants.

Seminar on "The Legal & Institutional Preconditions for a Strong Securities Market"

In the seminar entitled "The Legal & Institutional Preconditions for a Strong Securities Market", Professor Black will discuss the relationship between corporate governance behavior and market value, and will cover the following topics:
Challenges of Developing a Robust Securities Market
Lessons From Matured Economies
Guide to Reforms
Confronting Challenges and Shortcomings
Enhancing Market Value via Good Corporate Governance
The seminar is SIDC CPE-approved and carries five CPE points. CPE refers to the SIDC's Continuing Professional Education programme which was introduced in January 2001 to enhance the professional competence of licensed representatives and in the long run, create a culture of continuous education and improvement among them. The points collected from attending the CPE courses will be a pre-requisite for dealer's representative licence renewals from July 2002 and will eventually cover all other categories of licences. The seminar is also accredited with four CPD credit hours by the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA).

Evening Talk on "Company Law Reform in Emerging Economies"

In the evening talk entitled "Company Law Reform in Emerging Economies", which will be held on the same day, Professor Black will share his views on topics such as:
Implications of Emerging Global Trends
Company Law Initiatives That Could Improve a Company's Competitiveness
Access to Outside Financial Capital
Promotion of Entrepreneurial Incentives
Enhancement of Capital Allocation
Professor Black was previously Professor of Law at Columbia Law School (1988-98) and Counsel to Commissioner Joseph Grundfest of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (1987-88). He has also practiced as an attorney (1983-87), specialising in mergers and acquisitions.

Professor Black has been an adviser on company and securities law reform to Armenia, Indonesia, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine and Vietnam. He has written numerous articles in the area of corporate and securities law, corporate governance and corporate finance. He is also the co-author of The Law and Finance of Corporate Acquisitions and Guide to the Russian Law on Joint Stock Companies.

Registration fees and further information

Registration fee for the seminar is RM300 per person, while the fee for the evening talk is RM80 per person. For more information, please contact Ms Sharizan Shaharuddin at tel:03-6204 8598 (for the seminar) or Encik Noor Hadi Ali at tel:03-6204 8660 (for the evening talk) or fax:03-6201 5811. The latest programme details on both programmes can be obtained from the SC's official website at


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