In legislation and in case law, European Union law has become a steadily more dominant factor in determining national company laws as well as financial markets and banking law of the Member States. However, national law also continues to play a major role in several fields. Such developments are sometimes of high academic interest in other European jurisdictions.
However, the discussion of these European and national developments is still to a great extent restricted to the national communities of experts and is done in their national language. Therefore, there is still a strong publication and language barrier in Europe. ECFR intends to change this situation by being one of the leading European academic platforms for debate across Europe on drafting and application of European and comparative company and financial markets law. It aims at universities, lawmakers on both the European and national levels, courts, lawyers, banks and other financial service institutions, in house counsel, accountants and notaries who draft or work with European company and financial law.
The journal focuses on all areas of European and national company law and of the financing of companies and business entities. This includes the law of capital markets as well as the law of accounting and auditing and company law-related issues of insolvency law. Banking law is also treated through specific articles as part of financial markets law. Finally, ECFR serves as a platform for the discussion of theoretical questions such as economic analysis of company law. It consists of articles and case notes on both decisions of the European courts as well as of national courts insofar as they are of interest from a comparative perspective. This does not, of course, exclude contributions from other parts of the world which may also be of interest for European readers.
Based on an initiative by the editors of Zeitschrift für Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht (ZGR), ECFR soon gained the support of many sister journals all of them leading company and financial markets law journals in their respective jurisdictions. Thus, ECFR as a European platform for academic exchange is currently edited by the editors of ZGR in co-operation with Ondernemingsrecht, Revista de Derecho de Sociedades, Revue des sociétés, Rivista delle società, and the Revue pratique des sociétés -Tijdschrift voor rechtspersoon en vennootschap.
ECFR holds an annual conference on recent topics of European company and financial law. The annual conference 2019 took place in Cracow (Poland) on 27September 2019. Academic presentations, amongst other topics, dealed with the European directive on preventive restructuring, with the implications of Brexit and with recent national company law reforms in Belgium and Poland. For further inquiries please contact the editorial board (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Accompanied by an abstract of not more than 200 words, please address manuscripts to Pierre-Henri Conac and to Christoph Teichmann, who act on behalf of the editorial board, by using the following email-address: email@example.com. Manuscripts will only be subject to peer review on the condition that they have not previously been published or accepted or submitted for publication elsewhere. The editorial board may make exceptions to this rule if the previous or concurrent publication is not in English.
Contributors are also invited to contact any member of the editorial board to discuss potential articles and to submit their papers which will be subjected to blind peer review. Manuscripts should conform to the guidelines adopted by the editorial board (see link above). The author, in submitting his or her manuscript, warrants that he or she is exclusively entitled to the copyright to his or her contribution (including drawings, sketches and tables, as the case may be) and that its publication does not infringe the rights of third parties.
Manuscripts submitted for publication in the ECFR are subject to two blind peer reviews. The editorial board will, in general, inform the author within two months as to whether his or her manuscript has been accepted for publication, or what revisions, before publication, are necessary. In submitting his or her manuscript, the author grants his or her copyright to the publisher.
Articles submitted to ECFR may also be published on SSRN or other websites. The final version after peer review, however, shall exclusively be published in ECFR. Working papers shall refer to the final publication in ECFR.
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