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Banks and German Corporate Governance: on the way to a capital market-based system?

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  • Andreas Hackethal
  • Reinhard H. Schmidt
  • Marcel Tyrell

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The German corporate governance system has long been cited as the standard example of an insider-controlled and stakeholder-oriented system. We argue that despite important reforms and substantial changes of individual elements of the German corporate governance system, the main characteristics of the traditional German system as a whole are still in place. However, in our opinion the changing role of big universal banks in governance undermines the stability of the corporate governance system in Germany. Therefore a breakdown of the traditional system leading to a control vacuum or a fundamental change to a capital market-based system could be in the offing. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2005.

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  • Andreas Hackethal & Reinhard H. Schmidt & Marcel Tyrell, 2005. "Banks and German Corporate Governance: on the way to a capital market-based system?," Corporate Governance: An International Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 13(3), pages 397-407, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:corgov:v:13:y:2005:i:3:p:397-407
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