Enforcing Shareholders’ Duties
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Enforcing Shareholders’ Duties

Edited by Hanne S. Birkmose and Konstantinos Sergakis

A heavily debated topic, the evolution of shareholders’ duties risks the transformation of the very concept of shareholder primacy, crucially associated with shareholder rights. Offering a distinctive and comprehensive examination of both current and forthcoming enforcement mechanisms in the area of shareholder duties, this timely book provides an exhaustive analysis of the many issues related to these mechanisms, and considers the ongoing challenges surrounding their implementation.
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Chapter 13: Jurisdictional barriers to enforcement

Justin Borg-Barthet


The substantive weaknesses discussed in other chapters of this book point to a lack of clarity concerning the nature and extent of shareholders’ duties, and ambiguous legal provision for the domestic enforcement of such obligations as do exist. The weaknesses in national substantive laws are exacerbated by the present state of transnational harmonisation. There is a lack of focused attention on specific problems arising from the corporate form, particularly insofar as the negative externalities of limited liability and separate legal personality are concerned. Coupled with intrinsic risks and costs of transnational litiga¬tion, this renders cross-border enforcement a costly and uncertain route for the attainment of justice. Essentially, the law fails to address the full spectrum of relationships arising from the corporate form in a coherent fashion, or to view significant market failures as much more than an ‘unfortunate wrinkle in the economic perfection of the law’.

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