The Control of Corporate Europe
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Control of Corporate Europe by Fabrizio Barca
Book DescriptionWritten 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199257539
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Fabrizio Barca
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This volume describes how listed companies are controlled in nine different European countries, and includes a chapter on the USA, allowing transatlantic comparison. Issues discussed include standardized measures of the size and distribution of voting power and aspects of corporate control.
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Author Biography - Fabrizio Barca
Marco Becht teaches at the Institute for European Studies, the Solvay Business School, and the Law Faculty of the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. Becht's research focuses on corporate governance and empirical corporate finance. He is a Resident Fellow at ECARES and a Research Associate of CEPR.
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