Stephen Park



Towards Sovereign Equity

Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance, Vol. 21, No. 2 (2016)

Stephen Park, Tim R. Samples

Sovereigns are unique market participants in the global financial system, and sovereign debt markets largely operate in a legal and regulatory void. This Article adds an important and timely perspective by examining the concept of equity in sovereign debt finance. Governments, unlike corporations, rely almost exclusively on debt to externally finance their investments and operations. GDP-linked securities, which provide interest payments indexed to the sovereign issuer’s rate of growth, are sovereign debt instruments with certain equity-like characteristics. This Article considers whether innovation towards sovereign equity can help mitigate problems associated with sovereign debt crises. To address this question, we analyze the use of GDP-linked securities in recent sovereign debt restructurings by Argentina, Greece, and Ukraine. Drawing on this analysis, we explore more broadly the legal implications of sovereign equity, and conclude that these applications offer opportunities to help manage sovereign finance in the absence of readily enforceable international financial regulation. Full article.


An Efficient Investment-Risk Model of Compliance

The CLS Blue Sky Blog– Corporate compliance — the internal processes that firms use to ensure that their employees do not violate applicable laws and regulations — has become big business. Regulation of business continues to grow, punctuated by landmark laws that have re-shaped the financial services (the Dodd-Frank Act) and health care (the Affordable Care Act) industries in the United States. Further, federal regulators have…


PROMESA and Puerto Rico’s Pathways to Solvency

Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation – Facing a self-declared “death spiral” of public debt, the Governor of Puerto Rico announced a debt moratorium earlier this year, halting payments to bondholders. A series of missed payments followed, including a landmark default on constitutionally guaranteed bonds in July. At the same time, Congress passed the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA or “promise” in Spanish), which combines a debt restructuring system with federal controls over the island’s finances. But enacting PROMESA is only a first step. Coordination and engagement with creditors is the next step—and an even more complicated one—in Puerto Rico’s long journey towards solvency and fiscal stability.


Business Law Professors Honored for Research

Two UConn business law professors received prestigious research awards over the summer.

Professors Stephen Park and Robert Bird received the Hoeber Memorial Award for Excellence in Research for their article, “The Domains of Corporate Counsel in an Era of Compliance.” The Hoeber award, given in memory of prominent business law professor Ralph C. Hoeber, is awarded by the editors of the American Business Law Journal to recognize excellent research. Continue Reading


Shaping an Emerging Global Agenda

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Professor Park, Colleagues Awarded UConn Academic-Plan Grant to Help Further the Study, Practice of Human Rights in Business

Business law professor Stephen Park and UConn colleagues have been awarded a $265,000 research grant under UConn’s Academic Plan to investigate ways to protect and promote human rights in the business world.Continue Reading


Tradeoffs, Conflicts, Opportunities

Auret Van Heerden, former president and CEO of the Fair Labor Association. (Vivek Soundararajan/University of Birmingham)
Auret Van Heerden, former president and CEO of the Fair Labor Association. (Vivek Soundararajan/University of Birmingham)

Business Law Conference Draws International Experts, Sparks New Ideas

Experts in business law, management and a range of social science disciplines attended a two-day conference at UConn titled, “Public Regulation and Private Governance: Competitors or Collaborators?”

Conference participants, from North America and Europe, presented 14 papers that tackled the complex topic of how public regulations and private governance can complement each other.

The keynote dinner featured Continue Reading


Corporate Compliance as Competitive Advantage

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Can Corporate Compliance be Achieved without Breaking the Bank? Two UConn Professors Offer a New Way to Answer this Increasingly Important Business Question

Corporate compliance is one of the hot-button topics in business today, and the need to identify, prioritize and optimize it is a growing source of concern for companies, business managers, lawyers and legal scholars alike.Continue Reading


Business Law Professor Honored by MSFRM Program for Outstanding Teaching

Stephen Park, an assistant professor of business law, was recently honored by the MS in Financial Risk Management Program for outstanding teaching. This past December, Park was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award by the graduating class for the second consecutive academic year. Park teaches a course on Legal and Ethical Issues in Financial Risk Management. His innovative teaching emphasizes qualitative risk analysis and writing skills, and incorporates role-based simulation exercises.Continue Reading


Preventing the Next Global Debt Crisis

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Could Aspects of Corporate Financial Strategies Help Prevent Sovereign Default?

Some key strategies from corporate finance could potentially help prevent governments from spiraling into financial collapse and destabilizing the global economy.

That’s the conclusion of UConn Business Law Professor Stephen Park and co-author Tim Samples, a professor at the University of Georgia, in their research article titled, “Towards Sovereign Equity,” which is pending publication in the Stanford Journal of Law, Business and Finance in 2016.Continue Reading