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The Control of Corporate Europe

Fabrizio Barca and Marco Becht


Written by an international team of authors, this book provides the first systematic account of the control of corporate Europe based on voting block data disclosed in accordance with the European Union's Large Holdings Directive (88/627/EEC). The study provides detailed information on the voting control of companies listed on the official markets in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and as a benchmark comparison, the US. The authors record a high concentration of control of corporations in many European countries, with a single blockholder frequ ... More

Keywords: control, corporate governance, corporate ownership, takeovers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199257539
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199257531.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fabrizio Barca, editor
Italian Finance Ministry and University of Sienna

Marco Becht, editor
European Corporate Governance Institute and Free University of Brussels
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1 Introduction

M. Becht and C. Mayer

2 The Separation of Ownership and Control in Austria

Klaus Gugler, Susanne Kalss, Alex Stomper, and Josef Zechner

3 Shareholding Cascades: the Separation of Ownership and Control in Belgium

Marco Becht, Ariane Chapelle, and Luc Renneboog

4 Ownership and Voting Power in France

Laurence Bloch and Elizabeth Kremp

5 Ownership and Voting Power in Germany

Marco Becht and Ekkehart Böhmer

6 Pyramidal Groups and the Separation Between Ownership and Control in Italy

Marcello Bianchi, Magda Bianco, and Luca Enriques

7 Ownership and Control in The Netherlands

Abe de Jong, Rezaul Kabir, Teye Marra, and Ailsa Röell

8 Ownership and Control of Spanish Listed Firms

Rafel Crespí‐Cladera and Miguel A. García‐Cestona

9 Ownership and Control in Sweden: Strong Owners, Weak Minorities, and Social Control

Jonas Agnblad, Erik Berglöf, Peter Högfeldt, and Helena Svancar