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Description - Boards and Shareholders in European Listed Companies by Massimo Belcredi

With contributions by distinguished scholars from legal and financial backgrounds, this collection of essays analyses four main topics in the corporate governance of European listed firms: (i) board structure, composition and functioning and their interaction with ownership structure; (ii) board remuneration; (iii) shareholder activism and (iv) corporate governance disclosure based on the 'comply or explain' approach. The authors provide new comparative evidence and analyse its implications for the policy debate. They challenge the conventional wisdom that corporate governance in European firms was systematically dysfunctional. While proposals aimed at increasing disclosure and accountability are usually well-grounded, caution is suggested when bringing forward regulatory changes with respect to proposals targeting specific governance arrangements, especially in the fields of board composition and shareholder activism. They argue that the 'comply or explain' principle should be retained and further efforts should be exercised to enhance disclosure.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781107040564
ISBN-10: 1107040566
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 452
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Massimo Belcredi

Massimo Belcredi is Professor of Corporate Finance, Universit... Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan. He has written numerous books and articles in the fields of corporate finance, corporate governance, ownership and board structure, law and economics. Guido Ferrarini is Professor of Business Law and Capital Markets Law, University of Genoa and Director of Genoa Centre for Law and Finance. Among other important roles, he was an advisor to the Corporate Governance Committee of the Italian Stock Exchange. He has published widely on the topics of corporate governance, financial law, corporate law and business law.