Corporate Groups

Working Paper

Related Party Transactions: Policy Options and Real-World Challenges (With a Critique of the European Commission Proposal)

This paper provides a legal and policy analysis of transactions between a corporation and one of its ?related parties.? It first highlights the reasons why related party transactions (?RPTs?) are so common around the world. Next, it better...Read more

Luca Enriques
01 October 2014

Groups of Companies - A Comparative Study on the Economics, Law and Regulation of Corporate Groups

The phenomenon of groups of companies is very common in modern corporate reality. The empirical data on groups of companies are heterogeneous because they are collected for very different regulatory and other objectives. Two main agency problems...Read more

Klaus Hopt
01 February 2015

The Great Pyramids of America: A Revised History of US Business Groups, Corporate Ownership and Regulation, 1930-1950

Most listed firms are freestanding in the U.S, while listed firms in other countries often belong to business groups: lasting structures in which listed firms control other listed firms. Hand-collected historical data illuminate how the present...Read more

Eugene Kandel
Randall Morck
Yishay Yafeh
01 April 2015

Bringing the AGM to the 21st Century: Blockchain and Smart Contracting Tech for Shareholder Involvement

The AGM is often considered to play an important role in direct shareholder monitoring of directors and corporate blockholders. However, its practical functioning suffers from large obstacles.

In this research we outline the AGM’s flaws...Read more

Christoph Van Der Elst
28 June 2017