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Shareholder Democracy in Canada

  • Randall Morck

The federal government stands poised to exercise its constitutional right to regulate financial markets, an area traditionally left to competing provincial securities commissions. The current state of securities regulation renders impotent US-style takeover defences, such as poison pills and staggered boards, but allows voting caps and pyramiding in their stead. Various federal securities regulation models are weighted in light of the current state of their needed complementary institutions. One option, for which Canada is relatively well prepared, is the British model of activist independent institutional investors and mandatory takeover bids.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 16558.

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Date of creation: Nov 2010
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