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The Role of Shareholders in Publicly Traded Corporations in the United States

THE PUBLIC COMPANIES AND THE ROLE OF SHAREHOLDERS: NATIONAL MODELS TOWARDS GLOBAL INTEGRATION, Eugenio Ruggiero and Sabrina Bruno, eds., Kluwer Law International, Forthcoming

Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 211

51 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2010  

Arthur R. Pinto

Brooklyn Law School

Date Written: November 16, 2010

Abstract

The United States chapter discusses the ownership of publicly traded corporations and shareholder rights and protections. The importance of shareholder voting and the use of proxy fights are a significant focus of the chapter. In addition the chapter covers shareholders’ rights to information under federal and state law, role of independent directors, fiduciary duties, private and public enforcement to protect shareholders and the market for corporate control. The chapter reflects recent developments resulting from Dodd-Franks legislation and SEC rulemaking.

Keywords: Corporate Governance, Corporate Ownership, Shareholder Rights, Shareholder Voting, Fiduciary Duty, Federal Securities Law, Proxy Fight, Market for Corporate Control

Suggested Citation

Pinto, Arthur R., The Role of Shareholders in Publicly Traded Corporations in the United States (November 16, 2010). THE PUBLIC COMPANIES AND THE ROLE OF SHAREHOLDERS: NATIONAL MODELS TOWARDS GLOBAL INTEGRATION, Eugenio Ruggiero and Sabrina Bruno, eds., Kluwer Law International, Forthcoming; Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 211. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1710005

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