A conversation with Marco Speranzin

April 03, 2024

Marco Speranzin is full professor of business law at the University of Padua and attorney at law. He was a guest researcher at the Institute from mid-February to mid-March.

Which research topic brought you to Hamburg?

My research in Hamburg has been on corporate finance. I think this is a very important topic also at the European level because the EU Member States need more capitalized companies. By looking at the different ways in which different countries are trying to increase business finance, new ideas can be developed and new approaches promoted both for individual countries and for the EU as a whole.

What made you choose our Institute for conducting your research?

One of the main reasons I came to Hamburg was to meet with Holger Fleischer and his team. Another was the Institute's very useful and well-organized library. I have read many of Holger Fleischer’s papers. We first met at a corporate law conference in Venice. When I visited Hamburg for the first time in 2015, it was to discuss organizing a series of joint Italian-German symposia. We had planned to hold the first one in 2020, but due to the pandemic we had to postpone it to 2022. In 2024 we will have the third one, which will take place in Padua. So I also came to Hamburg to discuss this year's topics and content.

How would you describe the Institute to someone who has never been here?

It's a very productive place for research and academic exchange. Research here is productive for an objective reason, which is the library in connection with the special atmosphere of the Institute. But there is also a subjective reason. Here I can concentrate on academic research and at the same time keep my personal "stakeholders" happy from afar: my family, academic colleagues, students, professional colleagues, and clients.


Image: © Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law / Johanna Detering

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