Japan

Working Paper

27 October 2020

Dynastic Control Without Ownership: Evidence from Post-War Japan

Dynastic-controlled firms are led by founding family CEOs while the family owns an insignificant share of equity (defined as less than five percent). They represent 7.4% of listed firms in post-war Japan, include well-known firms such...

Morten Bennedsen | Vikas Mehrotra | Jungwook Shim | Yupana Wiwattanakantang
01 February 2014

Agency Theory in Practice: A Qualitative Study of Hedge Fund Activism in Japan

We look at the reaction to hedge fund activism of managers and shareholders in Japanese firms and explore the implications of our findings for agency theory. We use a qualitative research design which treats the standard...

John Buchanan | Dominic Heesang Chai | Simon Deakin
26 January 2018

Unexpected Corporate Outcomes from Hedge Fund Activism in Japan

Hedge fund activism has been identified in the USA as a driver of enduring corporate governance change and market perception. We investigate this claim in an empirical study to see whether activism produced similar results in Japan in...

John Buchanan | Dominic Heesang Chai | Simon Deakin
16 September 2020

Regulatory Measures to Dismantle Pyramidal Business Groups: Evidence from the United States, Japan, Korea and Israel

Large business enterprises, from the railroad barons of nineteenth century America to Amazon and Google today, are often perceived as important for economic performance and, at the same time, as potential abusers of their...

Assaf Hamdani | Konstantin Kosenko | Yishay Yafeh

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