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Company Law and Economic Protectionism: New Challenges to European Integration

Ulf Bernitz and Wolf-Georg Ringe


The financial crisis has brought about a revival of state protectionism across the globe. Most Western leaders have made a virtue of big government and state intervention; bail-outs and Sovereign Wealth Funds have been among the first responses to the economic contraction. Company law rules are one of the instruments frequently used to restrict or to discourage integration or to deter foreign investment. Examples of the new protectionism can be seen in a wide range of legislative and regulatory measures, for instance state measures preventing foreign takeovers, ‘golden shares’ or laws on forei ... More

Keywords: financial crisis, state protectionism, state intervention, Sovereign Wealth Funds, company law, foreign investment, new protectionism, takeovers, mergers

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199591459
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591459.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ulf Bernitz, editor
Professor of European Law, Stockholm University and Director, Oxford/Stockholm Wallenberg Venture in European Law
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Wolf-Georg Ringe, editor
Lecturer in Law, University of Oxford
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Part I Eu Law and Economic Protectionism

Part II Takeovers and Mergers

6 The Takeover Directive as a Protectionist Tool?

Paul Davies, Edmund-Philipp Schuster, and Emilie van de Walle de Ghelcke

Part III Company Law and Foreclosure of Markets

Part IV How To Overcome Economic Protectionism?

16 How Does the Market React to the Societas Europaea?*

Horst Eidenmüller, Andreas Engert, and Lars Hornuf

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