Easd Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations

EASD Recommendation No. 00/01

38 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2001

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Léo Goldschmidt

Bank Degroof

Marco Becht

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: May 2000


The European Association of Securities Dealers (EASD) is an international not-for-profit association of securities-related professionals (bankers, brokers, lawyers, accountants, PR and IR consultants, etc.) intent on creating favourable conditions for an efficient and competitive pan-European equity market, in the first place for growth companies.

One of EASD's specialised committees is the Corporate Governance Committee. In May 2000, it issued its pan-European Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations as part of a drive to confront the legal, social and cultural differences which confuse investors in Europe's fragmented marketplace and deter investment in companies lacking transparency in this area. EASD's corporate governance guidelines intend to provide a benchmark. They are founded on a comparative study of national and international best practice.

Ten core principles are identified which can be found at the base of any successful corporate system. They address six main issues: the protection of rights and the fair treatment of shareholders; the designation and working of responsible and accountable boards; the duties and prerogatives of management; the provision of adequate and verified information; the appropriate handling of conflicts of interest; the existence of a proper market for corporate control.

The recommendations that follow from the principles are more generally applicable than current national codes essentially geared to their home environment. They can normally be applied anywhere in Europe, while fully respecting national regulatory and social standards. The recommendations are also more specific and market-oriented that other international guidelines. They have a distinctly practical bent designed to facilitate understanding, application and assessment.

Keywords: Corporate governance, Europe, principles and recommendations

JEL Classification: F36, F39, G32, G34

Suggested Citation

Goldschmidt, Léo and Becht, Marco, Easd Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations (May 2000). EASD Recommendation No. 00/01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=248089 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.248089

Léo Goldschmidt (Contact Author)

Bank Degroof ( email )

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Marco Becht

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB) ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.solvay.edu/profile/marcobecht

European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) ( email )

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Brussels, 1000

HOME PAGE: http://www.ecgi.global/users/marco-becht

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

United Kingdom

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