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French corporate finance, 1500-1900

Neal, L. (2013) French corporate finance, 1500-1900. In: Caprio, Gerard, (ed.) Handbook of Key Global Financial Markets, Institutions, and Infrastructure. Elsevier, London, pp. 119-121. ISBN 9780123978738

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Identification Number: 10.1016/B978-0-12-397873-8.00015-3


French attempts to imitate the obvious success of joint-stock corporations of Britain and the Netherlands in exploiting the possibilities of long-distance foreign trade created by European discoveries of all sea routes to India and China and the natural resources of the Americas fell far short of their mercantile rivals. Limitations on the finance needed to compete successfully were imposed by the preemptive claims of the crown and the high interest rates demanded by French investors. Napoleonic reforms helped solve some of the problems but even the essential reforms of Napoleon III proved deficient until the Third Republic was formed with the financial support and guidance of the Rothschilds. French structures of business enterprises in the nineteenth and early twentieth century discouraged foreign ownership of French interests, resulting in France largely playing the role of a source of funds in global markets rather than a destination for global investment.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier Inc.
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
JEL classification: G - Financial Economics > G3 - Corporate Finance and Governance > G30 - General
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2013 14:57
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 02:48

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