- Corporate Law
- Securities Regulation
- Empirical Legal Sudies
- Chinese Law
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.
- Research Member, European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
- Visiting Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law (Fall 2022)
- Associate Director, CityU Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law
- 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)
- Outstanding Research Award for Junior Faculty 2019, CityU School of Law
- China's Corporate Social Credit System: The Dawn of Surveillance State Capitalism? The China Quarterly (forthcoming) (with Curtis J. Milhaupt).
- The Effect of Political Influence on Corporate Valuation: Evidence from Party-Building Reform in China, 73 International Review of Law and Economics 106120 (2023) (with Christopher Chen and Re-Jin Guo).
- Legal Institutions of Human Capital: Property, Contract, and Organisation, 13(4) Journal of the Knowledge Economy 3326 - 3344 (2022) (with Jyh-An Lee).
- Do State-Owned Enterprises Have Worse Corporate Governance? An Empirical Study of Corporate Practices in China, 23 European Business Organization Law Review 711-734 (2022) (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).
- Policy Analysis of Multiple Voting Rights: Examples of Taiwan and Hong Kong (複數表決權股之立法政策分析─以台灣及香港為例), 52 Cross-Strait Law Review 42-61 (2016) (with Kai-Lin Faung).
- Corporate Governance and the Protection of Minority Shareholders' Rights in Closely-Held Corporations in Taiwan (台灣閉鎖性公司之公司治理與少數股東權之保障), 231 Taiwan Law Review 131-155 (2014).
- Noah’s Ark for Investors: An Empirical Study of Securities Class Action and the Investor Protection Center in Taiwan (投資人的諾亞方舟：投資人保護中心與證券團體訴訟之實證研究), 229 Taiwan Law Review 75-97 (2014).
- Shareholder Primacy or Director Primacy? Who Decides Director and Executive Compensation in Taiwanese Public Companies (公開發行公司經營者薪酬決定機制之實證分析—兼論薪資報酬委員會新制), 14 Academia Sinica Law Journal 245-317 (2014).
- 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).
- A Study on Corporate Internal Governance System: Lessons from the Korean Corporate Governance Reform (公司內部監控機制獨立性之研究—韓國之借鏡與啟示), 222 Taiwan Law Review 172-191 (2013).
- Overseeing Controlling Shareholders: Do Independent Directors Constrain Tunneling in Taiwan?, 12 San Diego International Law Journal 363-416 (2011).
- Deterrence and Compensation Function of the Securities Fraud Class Action: The U.S. Experience and Its Implications (從美國證券集體訴訟談證券詐欺訴訟的填補損害及嚇阻功能), 14 Financial and Economic Law Review 173-193 (2008).
- 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).
- Sale of Corporation’s Substantially All Assets （公司出售主要部份資產之研究）, 86 Taiwan Law Review 167-180 (2002) (with Jyh-An Lee).
- Value Created by Business Lawyer in M&A Transactions : Business Lawyers as Transaction Cost Engineers （論商務律師於併購交易中創造之價值：交易成本工程師概念之提出）, 53 The Law Monthly 40-54 (2002) (with Jyh-An Lee).
- ‘Shareholder Engagement and Voting in Hong Kong’ in The Cambridge Handbook of Shareholder Engagement and Voting (Harpreet Kaur et al. eds, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
- 'Corporate Governance in Hong Kong' in Corporate Governance in Asia 150-181 (Joongi Kim & Bruce Aronson eds., Cambridge University Press, 2019) (with Say Goo).
- 'From Double Board to Unitary Board System: Independent Directors and Corporate Governance Reform in Taiwan' in Independent Directors in Asia: A Historical, Contextual, and Comparative Approach 241-276 (Puchniak et al. eds., Cambridge University Press, 2017) (with Hsin-Ti Chang & Ying-Hsin Tsai).
- Featured on Oxford Business Law Blog (Sept 29, 2016).
- 'Revisiting Corporate Control-Enhancing Mechanisms in Global Capital Markets' – A Survey of Legal and Regulatory Trends 95-115 (P.M. Vasudev & Susan Watson eds., Edward Elgar, 2017).
- 'Law and Finance', in Law and Interdisciplinary Studies 54-56 (2013).
- 'How Public Regulation Changes Corporate Governance Practice? The Corporate Board Reform in Taiwan' in Corporate Governance After The Financial Crisis 211-228 (P.M. Vasudev & Susan Watson eds., Edward Elgar, 2012).
- 'Issues on Corporate Governance of Small-and-Medium Enterprises in Taiwan' in Related Party Transactions and Corporate Governance of Small-and-Medium Enterprises 211-242 (2012).
- Who’s Monitoring Controlling Shareholders? A Study on Independent Directors in Taiwan? in
New Issues and Trends on Financial and Economic Laws (2011).
- The Election of Independent Directors and Corporate Governance (Angle Publishing, 2013) (with Len-Yu Liu, I-Ching Tu, and Christopher Chen Chao-Hung).
Selected Research Grants
- General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong Government, ‘Corporate Compliance and Big Data Governance: China’s Corporate Social Credit System’, HK$ 525,664, 1-Sep-2022 to 28-Feb-2025, Principal Investigator.
- Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Grant (SIRG), City University of Hong Kong, ‘What's Driving Autonomous Vehicle Resistance? Trust, Technological Risk and Legal Challenges to Autonomous Vehicle Adoption.’ HK$300,000. Co-Principle Investigator
- General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong Government, ‘The Politics of Corporate Governance in Chinese Firms’, HK$720,415, 1-Sept-2019 to 31-Aug-2022, Principal Investigator.
- General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong Government, ‘Corporate Governance of Controlled Firms: An Empirical Study of Company Constitutions in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan’, HK$637,330, 1-Sept-2017 to 31-Aug-2020, Principal Investigator.
- Securities and Futures Investor Protection Center, Taiwan, ‘Proportionate Liability in U.S. Securities Class Action: Cases and Analysis’ 18-Jul-2013 to 31-Jan-2014, Principal Investigator.
- Taiwan Stock Exchange, ‘The Election of Independent Directors and Director Independence’ 16-Oct-2012 to 28-Feb-2013, Co-Principal Investigator.
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