What are your research topics?
I study various topics related to business law, with specialties in contract and company law as well as the settlement of disputes between companies. In my production, I have explored, among others, contractual business activity, limited liability company litigation and sustainability.
I have a pragmatic approach, which means that I approach research problems by asking myself how legal rules work in practice and how they should be developed to promote fairness and economic efficiency in society.
In addition to domestic law, I specialize in Nordic and American business law. In fact, I used to work as a professor of Nordic law.
Where and how does the topic of your research impact?
Among other topics, I have studied in depth and in a diverse way the relevance of the so-called principle of equality in limited liability companies and limited liability housing companies. In such communities, shareholder disputes are very common and often based on someone believing that another party is guilty of abuse of their authority or some other inadmissible action.
Through my research, I have clarified what equality fundamentally means in limited liability company law, how equality disputes should be handled, and what types of risks are associated with litigation.
What is particularly inspiring in your field at the moment?
At the moment, I am interested in, among other things, how agreements employed by companies anticipate unexpected changes in circumstances, such as negative interest rates or performance hurdles caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
I am also excited to produce new textbooks for my area of education, which is property law.
Ville Pönkä is professor of private law at the Faculty of Law.
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