Corporate Governance, Financial Markets and Global Convergence

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Springer Science & Business Media, 1998 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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The papers in this volume were presented in Budapest at the 20th Colloquium of the Société Universitaire Européenne de Recherches Financières (SUERF), arranged in association with the Robert Triffin-Szirák Foundation. Each paper deals with a different aspect of the characteristics of and trends in corporate governance. The three main topics are: Corporate governance of financial institutions; Corporate governance as exerted by financial institutions; Financial instutions as participants in the transfer of corporate governance. £/LIST£ The structure of financial markets and institutions has a significant impact on the ways in which the power to manage corporate resources is allocated. The relative roles of different types of owners and the legal framework within which they operate are currently in a state of flux throughout Europe. Financial integration in the European Union, the transition to open market economies in Central and Eastern Europe and privatization, have a profound effect on the behaviour and influence of different enterprises. This collection of papers demonstrates the range of aspects of corporate governance in a world characterized by rapid technological, political and institutional change which is currently concerning researchers and practitioners. The authors come from a wide number of countries and disciplines, and include people from leading banks and corporations, public officials and academics, providing different perspectives on corporate governance, financial markets and global convergence in eastern and western Europe. Their contributions will be of considerable interest to academics in the fields of finance and banking, monetary economics and macro-economics, and also to professionals in banks, securities houses, corporate treasuries, pension funds, consultancies, law firms, central banks and regulatory bodies.
 

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Contents

The Effect of Board Size and Composition on Corporate Performance
1
Banks and Corporate Governance in Italy A TwoTier Model
17
The New Financial Landscape and its Impact on Corporate Governance
41
Privatization and Corporate Governance Some Lessons from the Experience of Transitional Economies
73
Corporate Governance in the Netherlands
89
Changing Corporate Governance in Japan
113
Stock Exchange Governance in the European Union
139
Should We Trust Banks When They Sit On the Board of Directors?
163
Corporate Governance West and East A Synthesis of the EU Framework in the Perspective of Enlargement
199
The Role of Institutional Investors in the Corporate Governance of Financial Institutions the UK Case
217
Corporate Governance Competition and Performance
235
Shareholding Concentration and Pyramidal Ownership Structures in Belgium
263
Insurance Company Ownership in the Netherlands Implications for Corporate Governance and Competition
301
Index
323
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Balling, Aarhus School of Business, Denmark.

Hennessy, Century, London, UK.

O'Brien, Global Business Network, London, UK.