Federal Intervention to Enhance Shareholder Choice

22 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2001

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Lucian A. Bebchuk

Harvard Law School; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Allen Ferrell

Harvard Law School; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Date Written: October 2001

Abstract

In a recent article, we have put forward a new approach to takeover law and regulatory competition. We proposed a 'choice-enhancing' federal intervention that would provide: (i) an optional body of substantive federal takeover law which shareholders would be able to opt into (or out of) and which would be more hospitable than existing state takeover law, and (ii) a mandatory process rule that would provide shareholders the right to initiate and adopt, regardless of managers' wishes, proposals for option into (or out of) the federal takeover law. In this Paper, we respond to critics of our proposal, and we further develop the case for it.

Keywords: Takeover law, regulatory competition, federal takeover, state takeover, shareholder

JEL Classification: G30, H70, K22

Suggested Citation

Bebchuk, Lucian A. and Ferrell, Allen, Federal Intervention to Enhance Shareholder Choice (October 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=288585

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