Professor Lauren Yu-Hsin Lin is an expert in corporate law and governance. Her research and teaching focus on business law, including corporate governance, corporate finance, capital markets, and securities regulation. She employs empirical methods to dissect and understand the effect of different governance rules and regulatory measures on corporations. She is interested in various topics in corporate governance, such as shareholder activism, securities class action, board independence, dual-class share structure, and governance issues in state-owned enterprises. Her recent projects examine the role of the state in corporate governance, focusing on the effect of formalizing the role of corporate party committees in Chinese companies as well as the implementation of a social credit system on corporations in China. Her research on Chinese corporations has generated policy impacts leading to rule changes and has been cited by the Delaware Court of Chancery, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC). She also leads several research grants and consultation projects supported by the government and stock exchanges. Her works have appeared in several leading academic journals, such as the Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and she has also been interviewed as a corporate law expert by major media outlets, including The Economist and Bloomberg.
Professor Lin is an associate professor at City University of Hong Kong, School of Law. She is also the director of the LL.M. Programme and the associate director of the Center for Chinese and Comparative Law at City University of Hong Kong. She has held visiting positions at Harvard Law School, IDC Herzliya, and the Institutum Iurisprudentiae. Professor Lin holds a J.S.D. degree from Stanford Law School, where she served as the John M. Olin fellow in law and economics. Before joining academia, she was a commercial lawyer specializing in equity and debt financing.
- J.S.D., Stanford Law School, 2010
- J.S.M., Stanford Law School, 2005
- M.B.A., National Taiwan University, 2001
- LL.B., National Taiwan University, 1998
- Chinese Law
- Comparative Corporate Governance
- Areas of Expertise
Empirical Legal Studies
- Legal Institutions of Human Capital: Property, Contract, and Organisation, Journal of the Knowledge Economy (forthcoming) (with Jyh-An Lee).
- Do State-Owned Enterprises Have Worse Corporate Governance? An Empirical Study of Corporate Practices in China, European Business Organization Law Review (forthcoming) (with Yun-chien Chang).
- The Rise of Non-Profit Organizations in Global Securities Class Actions: A New Hybrid Model in China, 60 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 493-559 (2022) (with Yu Xiang).
- Party Building or Noisy Signaling? The Contours of Political Conformity in Chinese Corporate Governance, 50(1) Journal of Legal Studies 187-217 (2021) (with Curtis Milhaupt).
- Cited in the Annual Report to Congress, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (November 2021).
- Cited in the comment to SEC re Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act Disclosure (April 5, 2021) which have been adopted in the SEC final rules (December 2, 2021).
- Featured on Stanford Lawyer (July 25, 2021).
- Featured on Oxford Business Law Blog (April 9, 2020).
- Institutionalizing Political Influence in Business: Party-Building and Insider Control in Chinese State-Owned Enterprises, 45 Vermont Law Review 441-480 (2021).
- Featured on Oxford Business Law Blog (November 19, 2021).
- Foreign Political Interference in the Governance of Listed Companies: A Market and Behavioral Analysis, 31 Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law 301-349 (2021) (with Chris Chen)
- Corporate Governance, Human Capital Resources, and Firm Performance: Exploring The Missing Links, 45(4) Journal of General Management 192-205 (2020) (with Kaouthar Lajili, Anoosheh Rostamkalaei)
- When Activists Meet Controlling Shareholders in the Shadow of the Law: A Case Study of Hong Kong, 14(1) Asian Journal of Comparative Law 1-36 (2019).
- An Empirical Study of Default Rules and Menus in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, 15(4) Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 875-915 (2018) (with Yun-Chien Chang).
- Does Mandating Cumulative Voting Weaken the Controlling Shareholders? A Difference-in-Differences Approach, 52 International Review of Law and Economics 111-123 (2017) (with Yun-Chien Chang).
- Controlling Controlling-Minority Shareholders: Corporate Governance and Leveraged Corporate Control, 2017(2) Columbia Business Law Review 453-510 (2017).
- Cited by the Delaware Court of Chancery in In re CBS Corporation Stockholder Class Action and Derivative Litigation (Consolidated C.A. No. 2020-0111-JRS)
- Featured on Oxford Business Law Blog (April 9, 2020).
- Open Sesame: The Myth of Alibaba’s Extreme Corporate Governance and Control, 10(2) Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law 437-471 (2016) (with Thomas Mehaffy).
- Featured on Oxford Business Law Blog (Oct 7, 2016).
- Do Social Ties Matter in Corporate Governance? The Missing Factor in Chinese Corporate Governance Reform, 5 George Mason Journal of International Commercial Law 39-74 (2013).
- Overseeing Controlling Shareholders: Do Independent Directors Constrain Tunneling in Taiwan?, 12 San Diego International Law Journal 363-416 (2011).
- Modeling Securities Class Action Outside the United States: The Role of Nonprofits in the Case of Taiwan, 4 New York University Journal of Law & Business 143-198 (2007).
- Activity and Affiliations
- Associate Director, The Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law, City University of Hong Kong
- Article Editor, Asia Pacific Law Review
- Editor, Taiwan Financial and Economic Law Review
- Visiting Professor, Radzyner Law School, IDC Herzliya, Israel (Spring 2018).
- Assistant Professor, National Chengchi University, Taiwan (2011-2014)
- Visiting Scholar, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica
- John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, Stanford Law School (2006, 2007)
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