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The Advent of the LLP in India

Afra Afsharipour, University of California, Davis - School of Law

The Many Roles of Boards of SMEs

Mette Neville, Aarhus University - Department of Law, Business and Social Sciences

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"The Advent of the LLP in India" Free Download
Research Handbook on Partnerships, LLCs and Alternative Forms of Business Organizations (Robert W. Hillman and Mark J. Loewenstein eds.) (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, Forthcoming)
UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 408

AFRA AFSHARIPOUR, University of California, Davis - School of Law

In 2008, India passed a ground-breaking law to introduce the Limited Liability Partnership form into Indian business law. The Indian LLP Act was the first major introduction of a new business form in India in over 50 years. While the partnership and corporate forms (i.e. companies under the Indian Companies Act) have long flourished in India, both forms have presented challenges for certain Indian businesses. The Indian government’s impetus for the LLP Act was to develop a business association form that could better meet the needs of entrepreneurs and professionals with respect to liability exposure, regulatory compliance costs and growth. This chapter begins with a broad overview of the political and legislative process which led to the adoption of the LLP Act. It then addresses the critical aspects of the Indian LLP Act, and analyzes some of the challenges and uncertainties that may derail the success of the LLP form.

"The Many Roles of Boards of SMEs" Free Download
Published in Hanne Birkmose, Mette Neville & Karsten Engsig Sørensen (eds.), Boards of directors in European companies – reshaping and harmonising their organisation and duties, Kluwer Law International 2013
Nordic & European Company Law Working Paper No. 14-14

METTE NEVILLE, Aarhus University - Department of Law, Business and Social Sciences

Corporate governance theory has primarily focused on the board’s role as a monitor of management. This approach is based on the ownership structures of listed companies with a dispersed ownership, and is aimed at solving the agency problem. However it can be questioned whether ‘one size of board role fits all’, and whether companies with differing ownership and management structures need boards to play differing roles. For example, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often owner-managed or family firms. This reduces the need for monitoring, but their ownership and management structures often lead to other challenges where a board could play an important role. If one size does not fit all, this raises the question of whether there is a need for a more differentiated approach to corporate governance both at national and EU levels. This in turn raises the question of whether this should be reflected in a more nuanced legislative approach to the duties and responsibilities of boards and perhaps different corporate governance codes depending on the size and type of company.

In this contribution, the focus is on the role of the boards of SMEs, with the main focus on owner-managed SMEs. The contribution will, mainly on the basis of some new Danish studies of owner-managed businesses, examine: (1) which SME board roles are perceived to be most important by owner-managers; (2) whether the board enhances the good governance of SMEs; and (3) whether owner-managers regard the board as an important resource in practice. There will then be some remarks on regulatory considerations.


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