Corporate Governance of Non-Listed Companies

Paperback | October 20, 2010

byJoseph A. McCahery, Erik P.M. Vermeulen

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Studies of corporate governance traditionally focus on the governance problems of large publicly held firms, and policymakers' recommendations often focus on such firms. However most small firms, and in many countries, even many large companies, are non-listed. This book provides acomprehensive account of non-listed businesses and their particular governance problems. It explores current discussions and reforms in Europe, the United States, and Asia providing a state of the art account of the law and the economics.Non-listed firms encompass a vast range, from corporations with the potential to go public through family-owned firms, group-owned firms, private equity and hedge funds, to joint ventures and unlisted mass-privatized corporations with a relatively high number of shareholders.The governance of non-listed companies has traditionally been concerned with protecting investors and creditors from managerial opportunism. However, the virtual elimination of the distinction between partnerships and corporations means that an effective legal governance framework must also offermechanisms to protect shareholders from the misconduct of other shareholders.This volume examines policy and economic measurements to develop a framework for understanding what constitutes good governance in non-listed companies. The authors examine how control is gained and explore the mechanisms that contribute to the development of a modern and efficient governanceframework. The book concludes with an exploration of how the closely held firm is likely to stimulate growth and extend innovation and development.

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Studies of corporate governance traditionally focus on the governance problems of large publicly held firms, and policymakers' recommendations often focus on such firms. However most small firms, and in many countries, even many large companies, are non-listed. This book provides acomprehensive account of non-listed businesses and thei...

Joseph A. McCahery is Professor of Corporate Governance and Business Innovation at the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Economics and Econometrics and Professor of Financial Market Regulation at Tilburg University Faculty of Law. Erik P. M. Vermeulen is Professor of Law and Management at Tilburg University Faculty of Law and Legal C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:330 pagesPublished:October 20, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199596387

ISBN - 13:9780199596386

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The Corporate Governance of Non-listed Companies2. The First Pillar: Company Law-a One-size-fits-all Approach for Non-listed Companies3. Company Law Developments in Europe4. Company Law Developments in the United States and Asia5. The Second Pillar: Contractual Arrangements6. The Contractual Governance of Private Equity Funds and Hedge Funds- A Case Study7. The Third Pillar: Optional Guidelines8. Hybrid Business Forms and the Regulation of Illicit Transactions9. Governance of Non-listed Companies: The Way Forward

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"Professors McCahery and Vermeulen have written an impressive study of a neglected area of corporate governance...this book is an encouraging addition to the literature on corporate governance. The academic writing is diverse, and the text is enlivened by diagrams, graphs, tables, andstatistical comparisons from other economic studies. Equally impressive are the comparative and historical perspectives employed by the writers." --John Townsend, The Cambridge Law Journals, 2009