Suffolk University Law School was founded in 1906 and is located in the heart of downtown Boston. The school is dedicated to educating students of all backgrounds and circumstances, helping them to thrive in an increasingly diverse, global and technologically dependent society. The school's Business Law & Financial Services Concentration emphasizes teaching and scholarship not only in traditional corporate structures, but also in alternative non-corporate forms of organization that are becoming the norm in small businesses, emerging high-tech industries, and financial services. Its faculty members include nationally regarded experts in limited liability company, partnership, tax, and securities regulation, including Carter G. Bishop, a reporter for four separate uniform business organization law projects sponsored by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, and Jeffrey M. Lipshaw, co-author with the late Larry E. Ribstein of Unincorporated Business Entities, 4th Edition (LexisNexis, 2009).

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Choice of Enterprise Form: Spain, 1886-1936

Timothy W. Guinnane, Yale University - Department of Economics, CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
Susana MartĂ­nez-RodrĂ­guez , Universidad de Murcia

What Drives Dodd-Frank Act Compliance Cost for Private Funds?

Wulf A. Kaal, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota - School of Law, European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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"Choice of Enterprise Form: Spain, 1886-1936" Free Download
Yale University Economic Growth Center Discussion Paper No. 1049

TIMOTHY W. GUINNANE, Yale University - Department of Economics, CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)
SUSANA MARTĂ?NEZ-RODRĂ?GUEZ , Universidad de Murcia

Economists have long neglected study of an important contractual decision, a firm’s choice of legal form. Enterprise form shapes the relations among a firm’s owners as well as many features of a firm’s interactions with the rest of the economy. Using unusual firm-level data on Spain 1886-1936, we estimate nested logit models of the determinants of enterprise form choice. In 1919, Spain introduced a new enterprise form that compromised between partnerships and corporations, and displaced larger partnerships and smaller corporations. This Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada was especially important for small and median-sized enterprises whose owners were not related.

"What Drives Dodd-Frank Act Compliance Cost for Private Funds?" Free Download

WULF A. KAAL, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota - School of Law, European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

To assess the effects of Dodd-Frank Act compliance costs on the private fund industry and evaluate drivers of compliance cost, I collect and code compliance cost estimates from private fund advisers (N=94) after the registration effective date for private fund advisers under Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act. I show with two independent datasets that the number of funds managed by private fund advisers is associated with Dodd-Frank Act compliance cost. However, the size of registered private fund advisers as measured by assets under management (AUM) is not associated with the per-unit cost of Title IV compliance and other independent variables as proxies for cost. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that the cost of financial regulation under the Dodd-Frank Act predominantly affects smaller private fund advisers. Private fund advisers’ use of single versus multiple investment strategies does not have an effect on Title IV compliance costs.


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This eJournal distributes working and accepted paper abstracts related to LLCs, close corporations, partnerships, and other private enterprises. This includes the law, economics, history and policy of closely-held corporations and non-corporate firms, including partnerships, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, joint ventures, and similar entities both in the US and around the world. Specific topics include private law matters such as governance, fiduciary duties, formation, litigation, arbitration, choice of law, exit, dissolution, transfer, creditors' rights, and limited liability. They also include public law matters such as bankruptcy, employment discrimination, securities regulation, competition law, and professional regulation. Articles may also focus on types of businesses or other relationships that commonly organize as limited liability companies, close corporations, partnerships or other unincorporated business entities, including venture capital, professional services, real estate, finance, family firms, domestic relationships and public-private enterprises.

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