Convergence in Shareholder Law

Mathias M. Siems, CONVERGENCE IN SHAREHOLDER LAW, Cambridge University Press, 2008

52 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2007

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Mathias Siems

European University Institute (EUI); University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)


This paper contains the tables of contents, legislation and cases, the introduction and the index of a book published by Cambridge University Press (2008). The cover text reads as follows: "On the one hand, it can be argued that the increasing economic and political interdependence of countries has led to the convergence of national legal systems. On the other hand, advocates of the counterhypothesis maintain that this development is both unrealistic and unnecessary. Mathias Siems examines the company law of the UK, the USA, Germany, France, Japan and China to see how this issue affects shareholder law. The author subsequently analyses economic and political factors which may or may not lead to convergence, and assesses the extent of this development. Thus, Convergence in Shareholder Law not only provides a thorough comparative legal analysis but also shows how company law interconnects with political forces and economic development and helps in evaluating whether harmonisation and shareholder protection should be enhanced".

Keywords: Convergence, divergence, shareholder law, company law, corporate law, corporate governance, comparative company law, comparative corporate law, comparative corporate governance, globalization, convergence forces, harmonization, law and finance

JEL Classification: G34, G38, K22, M14, O16, O57, N20, N40, P16, P50

Suggested Citation

Siems, Mathias, Convergence in Shareholder Law. Mathias M. Siems, CONVERGENCE IN SHAREHOLDER LAW, Cambridge University Press, 2008, Available at SSRN:

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