The UK Experience in Perspective
- Corporations, Globalisation and the Law series
Chapter 9: The future of national corporate law systems
1 CONVERGENCE Any astute observer of the development of company law across the globe could not fail to pick up on the fact that national systems of corporate law are converging.1 In chapter 9 of The Anatomy of Corporate Law, Paul Davies, Gerard Hertig and Klaus Hopt assert: Our analysis clearly establishes that corporate law has converged significantly across our benchmark jurisdictions over the past two decades. Jurisdictions are under pressure to adopt uniform ‘best practices’ to facilitate the cross border tapping of investors by their publicly-traded companies. In addition, national lawmakers have come to realise that a modernised framework of company law can provide even their closely held companies with a competitive advantage.2 Taking convergence to its logical extreme, are we about to see a version of ‘The End of History’ in corporate law?3 Accepting this as an instructive starting point, this summative chapter will seek to bring together some of the reasons for this pattern of evolution and consider where it will end up as far as English law is concerned. On convergence in corporate law generally, see J.A. McCahery (ed.), Corporate Governance Regimes: Convergence and Diversity (2002) (OUP), J. Gordon and M.J. Roe (eds), Convergence and Persistence in Corporate Governance (2004) (CUP), M.M. Siems, Convergence in Shareholder Law (2007) (CUP), L.A. Cunningham  1 Int Jo of Discl and Gov 269. For a strong counter-thesis, see D. Branson (2001) 34 Cornell Jo of Int Law 321. 2 (2004) (OUP) at p. 218. 3 The commentator Francis...
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