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8 - Shareholder Engagement and Voting in South Korea

from Part I - Asia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 September 2022

Harpreet Kaur
Affiliation:
National Law University Delhi
Chao Xi
Affiliation:
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Christoph Van der Elst
Affiliation:
Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Anne Lafarre
Affiliation:
Tilburg University, The Netherlands
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The Korean government has been reinforcing laws and regulations to improve transparency in the investment structures of large business groups as well as their corporate management, in an effort to strengthen shareholders’ rights in individual companies. In this changing landscape of regulatory environment and capital market, the notion of maintaining effective communication and constructive relationships with domestic and foreign shareholders, including institutional and private investors in the capital market, is gaining importance. Shareholder engagement has gained traction in Korea. Institutional investors have become more active, and listed companies have started to proactively adopt shareholder-friendly policies, seeking to improve corporate governance. The Korea Stewardship Code seems to have played an important part. Institutional investors adopting the Code have demonstrated greater willingness to communicate and engage with their investee companies and to bring about changes in corporate governance. This has in turn helped to enhance shareholder value, as some empirical evidence suggests.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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