European Comparative Company Law

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Company law is undergoing fundamental change in Europe. All European countries have undertaken extensive reform of their company legislation. Domestic reform has traditionally been driven by corporate failures or scandals. Initiatives to make corporate governance more effective are a feature of recent European law reform, as are measures to simplify and ease burdens on smaller and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). An increasing EU harmonisation is taking place through the Company Law Directives, and the free movement of companies is also facilitated by the case law of the European Court of Justice on the directives and the right to free movement and establishment in the EC Treaty. New European corporate forms such as the European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) and the European Company (SE) have added new dimensions. At a time of rapid development of EU and national company laws, this book will aid the understanding of an emerging discipline.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107407640
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.60 (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. The emerging discipline of European company law; 2. EC company law and comparative company law: some methodological problems; 3. Formation of companies (also including the free movement, Centros type problems); 4. Forms of business organisation; 5. Management and control; 6. Share and loan capital; 7. Protection of minority rights; 8. Employee participation; 9. Groups of companies; 10. Mergers, divisions, acquisitions and take-overs, and their cross-border aspects; 11. Investor protection and the regulation of insider trading; 12. Corporate insolvency.
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