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Research Handbook on Shareholder Power

Research Handbook on Shareholder Power

Research Handbooks in Corporate Law and Governance series

Edited by Jennifer G. Hill and Randall S. Thomas

Much of the history of corporate law has concerned itself not with shareholder power, but rather with its absence. Yet, as this Handbook shows, there have been major shifts in capital market structure that require a reassessment of the role and power of shareholders. This book provides a contemporary analysis of shareholder power and considers the regulatory consequences of changing ownership patterns around the world. Leading international scholars in corporate law, governance and financial economics address these central issues from a range of different perspectives including historical, contemporary, legal, economic, political and comparative.

Chapter 9: Shareholder rights in China: from book to action

Li Guo and Gilbert Heng

Subjects: law - academic, corporate law and governance


The concept of shareholder protection in China is only recently becoming an issue for serious consideration. China’s rapid transition toward a market-based economy, coupled in part with increasing internationalization of capital markets and global convergences of business corporations and practices, has accelerated China’s learning curve and expedited the movement of its corporate laws toward those in developed Western countries. This chapter analyses the company laws protecting Chinese shareholders, evaluates the effectiveness of China’s corporate governance framework and concludes with a discussion on the importance of protecting the rights of minority shareholders, particularly in the context of China’s economy.

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