A Survey of Blockholders and Corporate Control
14 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2001
This paper surveys the empirical literature on large-percentage shareholders in public corporations, focusing on four key issues: the prevalence of blockholders; the motivation for block ownership; the effect of blockholders on major corporate decisions, specifically executive compensation, leverage, and the incidence of takeovers; and the effect of blockholders on firm value. A central finding of this study is that there is little reason for policymakers or small investors to fear large-percentage shareholders in general, especially when the blockholders are active in firm management.
Keywords: Large-block shareholders, corporate control
JEL Classification: G30, G32
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