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Financial tunnelling and the revenge of the insider system: how to circumvent the new European corporate governance legislation

Kirchmaier, Thomas and Grant, Jeremy (2005) Financial tunnelling and the revenge of the insider system: how to circumvent the new European corporate governance legislation. FMG discussion paper, 536. Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

In this paper, we document how European companies can use financial tunnelling to the disadvantage of minority shareholders, despite improved legislation directed at eliminating such activities. In four case studies, two German and two Italian, we document how newly established corporate governance standards were successfully circumvented by dominant shareholders, major financial institutions, politicians, and in the worst case the regulator. These cases demonstrate that for effective Corporate Governance to work, one not only has to change the law, but even more importantly, one has to ensure the widespread acceptance of new rules. The litmus test of corporate governance reforms in any country is whether the rules are applied objectively in situations where powerful elites perceive they are disadvantaged under the new regulations.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://fmg.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 2005 the authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Sets: Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Research centres and groups > Financial Markets Group (FMG)
Departments > Management
Collections > Economists Online
Collections > LSE Financial Markets Group (FMG) Working Papers
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 536
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2008 13:39
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/13324/

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