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Recent developments in German corporate governance

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  • Goergen, Marc
  • Manjon, Miguel C.
  • Renneboog, Luc

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We contrast the features of the German corporate governance system with those of other systems and discuss the recent regulatory initiatives.For example, the rules on insider trading and anti-trust have been strengthened.The Restructuring Act has been revised to prevent minority shareholders from stalling corporate restructuring via legal actions.The Takeover Act now prescribes a tender offer as soon as an investor acquires at least 30% of a firm's equity.However, the Act also allows anti-takeover devices.Despite the recent, substantial changes, we conclude that the main characteristics of the German system are still in place.
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  • Goergen, Marc & Manjon, Miguel C. & Renneboog, Luc, 2008. "Recent developments in German corporate governance," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 28(3), pages 175-193, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:irlaec:v:28:y:2008:i:3:p:175-193
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    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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