Shareholders' Duties

This book provides a systematic overview of shareholders’ duties found in European company law and capital market law.
Hanne Birkmose
Enero 2017
Kluwer Law International
Biblioteca Digital smarteca
166,40 €
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Shareholders’ Duties provides a systematic overview of shareholders’ duties found in European company law and capital market law. It is often assumed that shareholders have rights, not duties. In recent years, however, this assumption has come under intense scrutiny in all aspects of company law and capital market law – legislation, the courts, soft law, and scholarship. In Europe especially, major changes are under way across a diverse spectrum, all the way from revised contractual arrangements to mandatory statutory provisions. Such a shift has important implications for the fundamentals of European company law, and there is a need to examine shareholders’ duties and consider where this trend is taking shareholders and their stance in law. This focused collection of essays by twenty notable scholars addresses this complex subject from highly informative and useful variety of perspectives.

What’s in this book:

Examining shareholders’ duties along three axes – types of investee companies, types of shareholders and types of business situations – the essays deal with such topics and issues as the following:

  • shareholders’ duties as reflections of the interests they are intended to safeguard;
  • shareholders’ duties towards society;
  • shareholders’ disclosure obligations;
  • duties of parent companies;
  • institutional investor’s fiduciary duty;
  • how regulatory duties constrain value-reducing forms of opportunism;
  • the state’s continuing duties in the transformation of state-owned companies;
  • significant shareholders’ duties in transactions with the company; and
  • powerful shareholders’ duty not to abuse right.

How this will help you:

Examining the implications of this shift in discourse – how shareholders’ duties are coming to the fore under the impetus of legislation, legal doctrine, case law, and enforcement strategies – as well as its ideological underpinnings, this book offers a comprehensive and in-depth consideration of this rapidly developing field. It serves as a handbook for clarifying and focusing investors’ and business leaders’ understanding of the recent corporate governance agenda. This not only helps policymakers and academics but also investors and practitioners committed in creating conditions favourable to sustainable economic growth and responsible business behaviour.

Chapter 1: Introduction: Mapping Shareholders’ Duties

Part I: The Nature of Shareholders and Shareholders’ Duties

Chapter 2: The Nature of Shareholding and Regulating Shareholders’ Duties

Chapter 3: An Economic View on Shareholder Duties in Corporate Governance

Chapter 4: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Ideal and Real Types of Shareholders

Chapter 5: A New Approach to Shareholder Heterogeneity

Chapter 6: Contractual Aspects of Shareholders’ Duties

Part II: Specific Shareholders, Specific Duties

Chapter 7: From Shareholder Stewardship to Shareholder Duties: Is the Time Ripe?

Chapter 8: The Duties of a Short Seller

Chapter 9: Shareholder Activism: The Dubious Shareholder Revisited

Chapter 10: The Duties of Significant Shareholders in Transactions with the Company

Chapter 11: The Duties of Parent Companies

Chapter 12: Shareholders’ Duties in Case of State Ownership

Part III: Shaping Shareholders’ Duties

Chapter 13: The Financial Obligations of the Shareholder

Chapter 14: Shareholders’ Duty to Disclose

Chapter 15: Exit in Private Companies: An Overview

Chapter 16: The Shareholders’ Fiduciary Duty in German Company Law

Chapter 17: The Shareholders’ Duty Not to Abuse Rights

Chapter 18: Achieving Corporate Sustainability: What Is the Role of the Shareholder?


Hanne Birkmose