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Corporate Boards in Law and Practice: A Comparative Analysis in Europe

Paul Davies, Klaus Hopt, Richard Nowak, and Gerard van Solinge


Corporate boards play a central role in corporate governance and are thus regulated in the corporate law and corporate governance codes of all industrialized countries. Yet while there is a common core of rules on the boards considerable differences remain. These differences depend partly on shareholder structure, partly on historical, political, and social developments and especially employee representation on the board. More recently, in particular with the rise of the international corporate governance code movement, there is a clear tendency towards convergence, at least in terms of the fo ... More

Keywords: corporate boards, corporate governance, CEO, liability rules, incentive structures, shareholder activism

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780198705154
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198705154.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Davies, editor
Allen & Overy Professor of Corporate Law, University of Oxford

Klaus Hopt, editor
Professor and Director, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Richard Nowak, editor
Senior advisor and lecturer, Clifford Chance Amsterdam and Radboud University Nijmegen

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Part I: General Report

Boards in Law and Practice: A Cross-Country Analysis in Europe

Paul Davies, Klaus J. Hopt, Richard G.J. Nowak and Gerard Van Solinge

Part II: National Reports

Corporate Boards in France

Alain Pietrancosta, Paul-Henri Dubois and Romain Garçon

Corporate Boards in Italy

Guido Ferrarini, Gian Giacomo Peruzzo and Marta Roberti

Corporate Boards in Poland

Stanisław Sołtysiński

Corporate Boards in Spain

Andrés Recalde Castells, Francisco León Sanz and Nuria Latorre Chiner *

Corporate Boards in Sweden

Rolf Skog and Erik Sjöman

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