Elena Dubovitskaya What Can We Learn From the Fully Virtual Shareholder Meetings That Have Taken Place During the Corona Pandemic?

Elena Dubovitskayais a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. She is also head of the centre of expertise on Russia and other post Soviet states. Having completed her doctorate at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2003, Dubovitskaya has combined her research with periods as a legal professional in both Germany and Russia. Her main research interests include civil law, company and commercial law and Russian law

Area of Research

International Private Law

since 2015


Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law


University Research Assistant

University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln)



Loschelder Rechtsanwälte, Cologne (Germany)


Public Officer

Ministry of Justice, Moscow (Russia)


Public Officer

Antitrust Authority, Moscow (Russia)


Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification (Habilitation)

Bucerius Law School

Venia legendi for Civil Law, Commercial and Company Law, Capital Market Law, Comparative Law and Eastern European Law


Law Studies

University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)


Doctoral Studies

Moscow State Lomonosov-University, Moscow (Russia)


Law Studies

Moscow State Lomonosov-University, Moscow (Russia)

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The Corona pandemic made it impossible to hold general shareholder meetings in the traditional manner. In this video, ELENA DUBOVITSKAYA explores how German corporate law responded to this dilemma through what she refers to as The Covid Act. Out of necessity, the act bypassed the shareholder’s heretofore irrevocable right to be physically present at the general meeting. Dubovitskaya examines the extent to which the Covid Act can act as a blueprint for forthcoming legislation on the manner in which fully virtual general shareholder meetings can be organized.

LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10861

The COVID-19 Company Law Act in Germany: New Regulations in Company Law

  • Elena Dubovitskaya
  • La Ley mercantil
  • Published in 2020
Elena Dubovitskaya. "The COVID-19 Company Law Act in Germany: New Regulations in Company Law." La Ley mercantil (2020): 2.