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Ownership and Control of German Corporations

Posted: 29 Feb 2008  

Julian R. Franks

London Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Colin Mayer

University of Oxford - Said Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); University of Oxford - Said Business School

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Date Written: October 2001

Abstract

In a study of the ownership of German corporations, we find a strong relation between board turnover and corporate performance, little association of concentrations of ownership with managerial disciplining, and only limited evidence that pyramid structures can be used for control purposes. The static relationship of ownership to control in Germany is therefore similar to the United Kingdom and the United States. However, there are marked differences in dynamic relations involving transfers of ownership. There is an active market in share blocks giving rise to changes in control, but the gains are limited and accrue solely to the holders of large blocks, not to minority investors. We provide evidence of low overall benefits to control changes and the exploitation of private benefits of control.

Suggested Citation

Franks, Julian R. and Mayer, Colin, Ownership and Control of German Corporations (October 2001). Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 14, Issue 4, pp. 943-977, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=900656

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Colin Mayer

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Belgium

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University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain
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