(Non-)Enforcement of Directors’ Duties in Corporate Groups, Modern Law Review (forthcoming 2018)
Corporate groups, a ubiquitous feature of modern business, pose formidable challenges for common law courts relying on traditional corporate law doctrine. Arising out of a corporate group’s recent bid to recover millions of dollars in lost profits from a former director and CEO who had diverted a core business, Goh Chan Peng v Beyonics Technology Ltd raised thorny issues of separate legal entity doctrine, single economic unit theory, and reflective loss shared by common law legal systems. Despite finding that the defendant had breached his duties to the ultimate holding company, the Singapore Court of Appeal absolved the faithless director from most of his liabilities, relying on limited domestic precedent to the exclusion of a rich body of Commonwealth jurisprudence – including the House of Lords’ landmark Johnson v Gore Wood decision. This Note explores the paths not taken by the court, and highlights the pitfalls of a narrow, autochthonous approach to problems of common law doctrine.
[The Interaction of Singapore Corporate Law, Conflict of Laws, and the Company Split in Japanese Corporate Law] (with Hisashi Harata) (in Japanese)
2152 旬刊・商事法務 [Junkan Shōji Hōmu] [Commercial Law Review] 4-18 (2017
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