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The Control of Corporate Europe

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  • Barca, Fabrizio
    (Italian Finance Mininstry and University of Siena)

  • Becht, Marco
    (European Corporate Governance Institute and Universite Libre de Bruxelles)

Abstract

Written by an international team of authors, this book provides the first systematic account of the control of corporate Europe based on voting block data disclosed in accordance with the European Union's Large Holdings Directive (88/627/EEC). The study provides detailed information on the voting control of companies listed on the official markets in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and, as a benchmark comparison, the United States. The authors record a high concentration of control of corporations in many European countries with single blockholders frequently controlling more than fifty per cent of corporate votes. In contrast, a majority of UK listed companies have no blockholder owning more than ten per cent of shares, and a majority of US listed companies have no blockholder with more than six per cent of shares. Those chapters devoted to individual countries illustrate how blockholders can use legal devices to leverage their voting power over their cash-flow rights, or how incumbents prevent outsiders from gaining voting control. It is shown that the cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe is (almost) matched by its variety of corporate control arrangements. Available in OSO: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/oso/public/content/economicsfinance/0199257531/toc.html Contributors to this volume - M. Becht and C. Mayer K. Gugler, S. Kalss, A. Stomper, and J. Zechner M. Becht, A. Chapelle, and L. Renneboog L. Bloch and E. Kremp M. Becht and E. Boehmer M. Bianchi, M. Bianco, and L. Enriques A. de Jong, R. Kabir, T. Marra, and A. Roell M. Cestona and R. Crespi J. Agnblad, E. Berglof, P. Hogfeldt, and H. Svancar M. Goergen and L. Renneboog M. Becht

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  • Barca, Fabrizio & Becht, Marco (ed.), 2001. "The Control of Corporate Europe," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199247424.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199247424
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