Agency Conflicts, Ownership Concentration, and Legal Shareholder Protection

37 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2001

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Mike Burkart

Swedish House of Finance; London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Finance; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Fausto Panunzi

Bocconi University - Department of Economics; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: February 2001

Abstract

This Paper analyses the interaction between legal shareholder protection, managerial incentives, and ownership concentration. In our framework, blockholder and manager are distinct parties and the presence of a blockholder can both protect and hurt minority shareholders. Legal shareholder protection affects both the expropriation of shareholders and the blockholder's incentives to monitor. Because of this latter effect and its repercussion on managerial incentives, outside ownership concentration and legal shareholder protection can be both substitutes and complements. When legal protection and outside ownership concentration are substitutes, better legal protection may exacerbate rather than alleviate the conflict of interest between large and small shareholders. Moreover, strengthening legal minority shareholder protection may have adverse effects on the behaviour of the manager and of the large shareholder who both enhance share value. Hence, rules aimed at protecting minority shareholders, e.g., equal treatment rules, can be detrimental.

Keywords: Corporate governance, law and finance, ownership structure

JEL Classification: G34

Suggested Citation

Burkart, Mike C. and Panunzi, Fausto, Agency Conflicts, Ownership Concentration, and Legal Shareholder Protection (February 2001). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 2708. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=264361

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