This chapter centers on a technique that managers and controlling shareholders may use to divert value from the corporation: related-party transactions. These transactions range from traditional self-dealing to more subtle forms of potential misappropriation of company value, such as compensation agreements, intercompany guarantees, insider trading, and the usurpation of corporate opportunities. Despite the potential for abuse, related party-transactions provide countervailing economic benefits and are rarely outlawed. Instead, the representative “core jurisdictions” employ a variety of legal strategies to police them, including: applying affiliation strategies through disclosure requirements and dissolution rights; intervening on agent incentives by requiring disinterested board approval; granting decision rights to shareholders; and imposing legal constraints such as prohibitions, the duty of loyalty, and the special regime of group law. The chapter concludes by analyzing the effectiveness of the different approaches to related-party transactions in core jurisdictions in view of their enforcement, and their relationship to the underlying ownership structures.
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