1st Christian Wilde Rememberance Lecture

European takeover law

The first Christian Wilde Memorial Lecture was held on June 7, 2012. Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Karsten Schmidt, President of Bucerius Law School at the time, emphasized that Wilde was “one of the personalities to whom the law school owes a particularly great debt”. Professor Dr. Christoph H. Seibt, Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, recalled Wilde, who as an “exceptional legal personality” had set new standards for modern corporate law advice and could serve as a role model beyond the firm.

After the commemorative words, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus J. Hopt, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law from 1995 to 2008, spoke on European takeover law. Currently, the revision of the 13th Directive on Takeover Bids is taking place at the European level, which is of great importance in terms of legal policy. Hopt highlighted the issues of the mandatory bid and the prevention requirement and presented reform proposals, which were then discussed controversially under the moderation of Professor Dr. Rüdiger Veil. The commemorative lecture, which was also the prelude to the sixth Hamburg Forum – this year on the subject of takeover and capital market law – will in future be held at two-year intervals.”

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