Comparative Company Law: A Case-Based Approach

David Cabrelli, Mathias Siems

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As attention moves rapidly towards comparative approaches, the research and teaching of company law has somehow lagged behind. The overall purpose of this book is therefore to fill a gap in the academic literature by identifying whether conceptual differences between countries exist. Rather than concentrate on whether the institutional structure of the corporation varies across jurisdictions, the objective of this book will be pursued by focusing on ten specific hypothetical cases ranging from topics such as directors’ responsibilities, shareholder & creditor protection and the flexibility of company law. The book explores how twelve different countries might treat each of these cases. The book also has a public policy dimension, because the existence or absence of differences may lead to the question of whether formal harmonisation of company law is possible or necessary. The book covers 12 legal systems from different legal traditions and from different parts of the world (though with a special emphasis on European countries). In alphabetical order, those countries are: Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Spain, the UK, and the US. All of these jurisdictions are subjected to scrutiny by deploying a comparative case-based study. On the basis of these case solutions, various conclusions are reached, some of which challenge established orthodoxies in the field of comparative company law.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherHart Publishing
Number of pages584
ISBN (Print)9781509909360
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2018


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