Corporate Governance in the Netherlands

International Congress on Comparative Law, Washington, 2010

49 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2009 Last revised: 8 Apr 2011

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Jaron van Bekkum

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Steven Hijink

Radboud University Nijmegen

Michael C. Schouten

University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law; Amsterdam Centre for Law & Economics

Jaap W. Winter

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; University of Amsterdam; Insead

Date Written: November 19, 2009

Abstract

This paper offers a descriptive analysis of corporate governance in the Netherlands. It has been prepared as a country report for the International Congress on Comparative Law to be held in Washington, in 2010. The paper consists of four parts. Part 1 sets the stage and offers general information on corporate governance in the Netherlands. Part II discusses internal governance, and focuses on the role of boards, shareholders, labour and audit. Part III discusses external corporate governance, and focuses on takeover regulation and transparency requirements. Finally, Part IV discusses enforcement of corporate governance in the Netherlands.

Keywords: corporate governance, company law, securities law, boards, shareholders, labor, audit, takeover regulation, disclosure, transparency, enforcement

JEL Classification: G34, G38, K2, K22

Suggested Citation

van Bekkum, Jaron and Hijink, Steven and Schouten, Michael C. and Winter, Jaap W., Corporate Governance in the Netherlands (November 19, 2009). International Congress on Comparative Law, Washington, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1507633

Jaron Van Bekkum

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek ( email )

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Steven Hijink

Radboud University Nijmegen ( email )

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Michael C. Schouten (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law ( email )

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Amsterdam Centre for Law & Economics ( email )

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Jaap W. Winter

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ( email )

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Amsterdam
Netherlands
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University of Amsterdam ( email )

Oude Manhuispoort
Amsterdam
Netherlands

Insead ( email )

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77305 Fontainebleau Cedex
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