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Report to Russian Center for Capital Market Development: Comparative Analysis on Legal Regulation of the Liability of Members of the Board of Directors and Executive Organs of Companies (English Language Version)


Bernard S. Black


Northwestern University - School of Law; Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Brian R. Cheffins


University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Martin Gelter


Fordham University School of Law; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Hwa-Jin Kim


Seoul National University School of Law; University of Michigan Law School

Richard Nolan


University of Cambridge - St John's College

Mathias M. Siems


Durham University - Durham Law School; University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research

Linia Prava


Linia Prava Law Firm

February 1, 2008

ECGI - Law Working Paper Series 103/2008
U of Texas Law, Law and Econ Research Paper No. 110

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The Russian version of this paper is available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1001991.

An updated Russian language version was published as Правовое Регулирование Ответственности Членов Органов Управления: Анализ Мировой Практики, and is available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1528182.

This Report was prepared, with support by the World Bank, for the Russian Center for Capital Market Development and the Russian Federal Service on the Securities Market (FSFM). We discuss the liability under company law of members of the board of directors, senior managers, and controlling shareholders of public companies in Canada, France, Germany, Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States (plus a more limited look at Austria, the European Union, Italy, Japan, and Latvia), and apply this comparative analysis to the Russian context. We recommend amendments to the Russian Law on Joint Stock Companies and related legislation. We propose measures to enhance the effectiveness of derivative suits; define the concepts of good faith and conflict of interest; establish duties of disclosure and confidentiality; extend duties under company law to controlling shareholders and de facto directors for conflict of interest transactions; protect directors against liability for business decisions adopted without a conflict of interest. We do not recommend the creation of significant administrative or criminal liability, nor expanded duties of directors for a company in financial distress. This document includes a separate Overview of the Report by Professor Black which provides an overview of Russia's progress in creating a modern company law.

The Overview and Chapters 1 and 3 were published separately as Legal Liability of Directors and Company Officials Part 1: Substantive Grounds for Liability (Report to the Russian Securities Agency), 2007 Columbia Business Law Review 614-799, available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1010306. Chapters 8-9 and 11-13 were published separately as Legal Liability of Directors and Company Officials Part 2: Court Procedures, Indemnification and Insurance, and Administrative and Criminal Liability (Report to the Russian Securities Agency), 2008 Columbia Business Law Review (forthcoming), available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1010307.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 323

Keywords: Russia, company law, liability of directors and officers

JEL Classification: K22

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Date posted: September 7, 2007 ; Last revised: June 29, 2011

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Black, Bernard S. and Cheffins, Brian R. and Gelter, Martin and Kim, Hwa-Jin and Nolan, Richard and Siems, Mathias M. and Prava, Linia, Report to Russian Center for Capital Market Development: Comparative Analysis on Legal Regulation of the Liability of Members of the Board of Directors and Executive Organs of Companies (English Language Version) (February 1, 2008). ECGI - Law Working Paper Series 103/2008; U of Texas Law, Law and Econ Research Paper No. 110. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1001990 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1001990

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Bernard S. Black (Contact Author)
Northwestern University - School of Law ( email )
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Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
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Brian R. Cheffins
University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law ( email )
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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
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Martin Gelter
Fordham University School of Law ( email )
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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
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Hwa-Jin Kim
Seoul National University School of Law ( email )
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Korea
University of Michigan Law School ( email )
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United States
Richard C. Nolan
University of Cambridge - St John's College ( email )
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United Kingdom
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Mathias M. Siems
Durham University - Durham Law School ( email )
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University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research ( email )
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United Kingdom
HOME PAGE: http://www.cbr.cam.ac.uk/about_us/siems.htm
Linia Prava
Linia Prava Law Firm ( email )
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Moscow
Russia
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