Corporate Governance in Modern Financial Capitalism
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Corporate Governance in Modern Financial Capitalism

Old Mutual’s Hostile Takeover of Skandia

Markus Kallifatides, Sophie Nachemson-Ekwall and Sven-Erik Sjöstrand

This insightful book focuses upon corporate governance processes, and explores the conditions required for effective corporate governance and control in 21st century globalized and financialized economies. In presenting a comprehensive study of a cross-border hostile corporate take-over process, describing the actors, institutions and events involved, this book examines and questions the current forms of corporate governance and control – both from a national and a global perspective. Using Old Mutual’s takeover of Skandia as a case study, the authors address corporate governance theory, and highlight its two fundamental dimensions: financial and operational flows.
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Chapter 22: Some Conclusions on Corporate Control and Governance Processes in Financial Capitalism

Markus Kallifatides, Sophie Nachemson-Ekwall and Sven-Erik Sjöstrand


CHAPTER OVERVIEW 22.1 In this final chapter, we shall analyse a selection of the topics that the extensive empirical investigation (see Chapters 2–21) and theoretical platform (see Chapter 1) has made it possible for us to address. We then claim to have chosen the more important themes that are intimately linked to the stated purposes of the study. As described in Chapter 1, the theoretical ambition has been to try to improve socioeconomic theories that address corporate control and corporate governance processes. The empirical aim has been to provide an extensive case study of a hostile cross-border takeover process. This enables a better understanding of corporate control struggles in early financial capitalism. This combined theoretical and empirical ambition could also be phrased as a more specific research question: how are changes of corporate control achieved in the emerging global financial capitalism of the early twenty-first century? The rest of this chapter is divided into six sections (22.2–22.7): the first one addresses more general issues related to contextual conditions (financial capitalism), and contains a discussion regarding both the relevance and possible idiosyncrasies of the Old Mutual–Skandia case. We analyse the empirical material in the following four sections (22.3– 22.6), and draw some conclusions from the study, based upon the basic concepts and theories elaborated in Chapter 1. We begin this analysis by bringing to the forefront the differing value bases that the main actors have expressed (and professed themselves to hold) in their activities in the hostile takeover...

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