The New Mandate Owners: Passive Asset Managers and the Decoupling of Corporate Ownership
Antitrust Chronicle, June, pp 51-57
7 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2017
Date Written: June 19, 2017
A major shift toward passively managed index funds in recent years has led to the re-concentration of corporate ownership in the hands of just three large asset management firms, the Big Three: BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street. We propose that this trend has re-structured ownership in capital markets. Adopting a contractual view to the corporate share, we re-define share holding and suggest that the New Mandate Owners in fact hold the essence of corporate power, as their aggregated positions capture the core element of the franchise of corporate voting.
Keywords: Passive Asset Managers; Shareholder Power; Mandate Owners; corporate ownership
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