German Corporate Convergence to a Market Based System

in International Community Law Review
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Abstract

Germany has implemented several legal reforms in an attempt to attract international investment. Commentators proclaimed that a transition from a bank-based system of corporate governance to a market-based system was required in order for Germany to attract international investors. Debates still transpire regarding the success of the legal reforms implemented in an effort to make this change. This analysis explains Germany's previous corporate governance system and the new laws implemented to transform it to a market-based system. Empirical data is recited concerning the changes in foreign direct investment, German household investment decisions, and the German financial markets. The paper concludes that an analysis of this data reveals an increase of foreign investment in Germany and a substantial movement towards a market-based system throughout the duration of the legal reform.

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