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Globalization of Stock Markets and Foreign Listing Requirements: Voluntary Disclosures by Continental European Companies Listed on the London Stock Exchange


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  • G K Meek

    (Okalahoma State University)

  • S J Gray

    (University of Glasgow)

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    This study investigates the extent to which the disclosure requirements of the London Stock Exchange relating to company annual reports are complied with or exceeded by Continental European companies listed on the Exchange. It was found that the companies exceeded Exchange requirements through a wide range of voluntary disclosures, which in some cases were substantial. The significance of the Stock Exchange requirements appeared to be relatively minimal compared to competitive pressures associated with the need to raise capital in the international capital market context. At the same time, there were persistent national characteristics in the pattern of items voluntarily disclosed.© 1989 JIBS. Journal of International Business Studies (1989) 20, 315–336

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    Article provided by Palgrave Macmillan in its journal Journal of International Business Studies.

    Volume (Year): 20 (1989)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 315-336

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