European Comparative Company Law

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Recent attempts to harmonise company law within the EU have led to major European company law reform. This examination of European company law uses seven European countries as case studies: the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands. Taking into account recent company law reform within these jurisdictions and the extensive action plan adopted by the European Commission, the authors consider EU Company Law Directives, the case law of the Court of Justice on the directives and the right to free movement and establishment in the Treaty of Rome. Attention is also given to the European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) and the European Company (SE). At a time when both EU and national company laws are undergoing significant change and reform, this book will aid understanding of an emerging discipline.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521842198
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2009
  • Pages: 541
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Mads Andenas is one of the independent UN Human Rights Mandate Holders and a member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. He holds the degrees of Cand jur (Oslo), PhD (Cambridge) and MA and DPhil (Oxford). He has held senior academic appointments in the United Kingdom, including Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, and Director of the Centre of European Law at King's College, London. He remains a Visiting Research Fellow of the Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris I (Sorbonne) in 2006 and the University of Rome La Sapienza in 2002–2009, in 2002–2003 held the Chaire W. J. Ganshof van der Meersch under the Fondation Philippe Wiener-Maurice Anspach at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and in 2005 was a Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS). He has been the General Editor, and subsequently an Editor, of International and Comparative Law Quarterly and the General Editor of the European Business Law Review. He is a Knight Commander of the Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, a Knight of the French Légion d'honneur, a Bencher of an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Legal Studies (UK), a Fellow of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law (where he is presently a member of the board), an Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He was the Secretary General of the Fédération internationale de droit européen from 2000–2002, the Hon Secretary of the UK Association of European Law from 1997–2008 and the Hon Secretary of the UK Committee of Comparative Law from 1999–2005.

Frank Wooldridge is Professorial Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 European and comparative company law 7

3 Formation of companies 52

4 The types of business organisation 99

5 Share (or equity) capital and loan capital 168

6 Management and control of companies 265

7 Business entities governed by Community law 377

8 Employee participation 417

9 Groups of companies 448

10 Cross-border mergers and acquisitions 491

11 Investor protection 516

Index 536

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