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Tunnelling

15 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2000  

Simon Johnson

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Entrepreneurship Center; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Rafael La Porta

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Florencio Lopez de Silanes

SKEMA Business School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Andrei Shleifer

Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Date Written: January 2000

Abstract

Tunnelling is defined as the transfer of assets and profits out of firms for the benefit of their controlling shareholders. We describe the various forms that tunnelling can take, and examine under what circumstances it is legal. We discuss two important legal principles - the duty of care and the duty of loyalty - which courts use to analyze cases involving tunnelling. Several important legal cases from France, Belgium, and Italy illustrate how and why the law accommodates tunnelling in civil law countries, and why certain kinds of tunnelling are less likely to pass legal scrutiny in common law countries.

JEL Classification: G3, G38, K22

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Simon and La Porta, Rafael and Lopez de Silanes, Florencio and Shleifer, Andrei, Tunnelling (January 2000). Harvard Institute of Economic Research Paper No. 1887. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=204868 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.204868

Simon Johnson

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Entrepreneurship Center ( email )

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Rafael La Porta

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business ( email )

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Florencio Lopez de Silanes

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