New Models of ‘Intelligent Investing’ for the Post-Crisis Economy

27 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2020 Last revised: 9 Sep 2020

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Mark Fenwick

Kyushu University - Graduate School of Law

Erik P. M. Vermeulen

Tilburg University - Department of Business Law; Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting) - Legal Department; Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Kyushu University - Graduate School of Law

Date Written: July 24, 2020

Abstract

Is coronavirus accelerating the future? Will the crisis provide a tipping point that encourages corporations to promote socially desirable values? Will there be a wider recognition that a sole focus on profits and investors hurts both companies and society? Or, will we simply return to business-as-usual once the memory of the crisis fades?

The financially driven corporate world has been losing its appeal over recent years and an anti-corporate sentiment has become more prevalent. There is a greater demand for better standards of corporate behavior and new metrics for judging corporate success. What is ironic is that corporations that embrace a more stakeholder-oriented purpose already outperform their peers when it comes to stock market returns. When thinking about rebuilding the economy post-crisis, this paper argues that investors need to be encouraged to take ‘intelligent risks’ that focus on stakeholder-oriented listed and non-listed companies.

Keywords: blockchain, coronavirus, corporate governance, corporations, entrepreneurship, high-frequency trading, innovation, investors, liquidity, private companies, smart contracts, stock markets

JEL Classification: D21, D26, G32, G34, G38, K22, L21, O16

Suggested Citation

Fenwick, Mark and Vermeulen, Erik P.M., New Models of ‘Intelligent Investing’ for the Post-Crisis Economy (July 24, 2020). European Corporate Governance Institute - Law Working Paper No. 534/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3660080 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3660080

Mark Fenwick

Kyushu University - Graduate School of Law ( email )

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Japan

Erik P.M. Vermeulen (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - Department of Business Law ( email )

Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting) - Legal Department ( email )

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Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

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