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Biography

Professor Michelle Welsh is the Head of the Department of Business Law and Taxation and the coordinator of the Ethical Regulation Research Group at the Monash Business School.  Michelle served as President of the Australian Corporate Law Teachers Association in 2015 and 2016. 

Michelle undertakes research in the public enforcement of corporate law, the role of the public regulator and the impact of enforcement on corporate compliance. She was a chief investigator on an ARC Discovery Project with colleagues from the Melbourne Law School on a project entitled Phoenix Activity: Regulating Fraudulent Use of the Corporate Form' (2014-2016). The project seeks to determine the optimal method of dealing with this damaging behaviour through a comprehensive examination of all of its aspects in Australia and a comparative analysis of international responses.

Michelle has published her research widely and has been invited to present at national and international workshops and conferences including: the University of Michigan, the University of British Columbia, Osgoode Hall Law School, the Law Society of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. Michelle's PhD thesis, concerning Civil Penalties under the Corporations Act was awarded the Melbourne University Law Faculty prize for the top PhD thesis in 2009. 

Research area keywords

  • Corporate Law
  • Corporate Regulation
  • Enforcement and Compliance

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Projects 2014 2020

Enhancing Corporate Accountability

Campbell, L., Clough, J., Hill, J., Welsh, M., Lord, N., Varottil, U., Puchniak, D. & Lan, L. L.

2/09/191/05/20

Project: Research

Phoenix Activity: Regulating Fraudulent Use of the Corporate Form

Welsh, M., Anderson, H., O'Connell, A. & Ramsay, I.

Australian Research Council (ARC)

21/01/1421/01/17

Project: Research

Research Output 1999 2018

The penalty quantum for non-compliance with corporate disclosure: solace for the market

Chapple, L. E., Truong, T. P. & Welsh, M., 2018, In : Company and Securities Law Journal. 36, 4, p. 292-306 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The potential economic gains from increasing public law enforcement against illegal phoenix activity

Hedges, J., Ramsay, I., Welsh, M. & Anderson, H., 2018, In : Monash University Law Review. 44, 1, p. 267-311 45 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Illegal phoenix activity: is a “phoenix prohibition” the solution?

Anderson, H., Hedges, J., Ramsay, I. M. & Welsh, M., 2017, In : Company and Securities Law Journal. 35, 3, p. 184-203 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Corporate law reform in Australia: An analysis of the influence of ownership structures and corporate failure

Chen, V. J. H., Ramsay, I. M. & Welsh, M. A., 2016, In : Australian Business Law Review. 44, 1, p. 18 - 34 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Illegal phoenix activity: Quantifying its incidence and cost

Anderson, H., Ramsay, I. & Welsh, M., 2016, In : Insolvency Law Journal. 24, 2, p. 95-110 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review