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2 - Shareholder Voting and Engagement in China

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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Empowerment of minority shareholders has been a central theme of China’s corporate governance movements in the past two decades. Cumulative voting and the majority of the minority rule are exemplary of Chinese reformers’ efforts to strengthen shareholders’ rights to vote. Other shareholders’ rights, such as the right to call a meeting, the right to propose, and the right to information, are also in place and, at least in theory, enable public shareholders to engage the controlling shareholders of their investee companies. The practical effect of these legal rights needs to be evaluated in the context of China’s path-dependent conditions, notably the prevalence of concentrated share ownership, the relatively weaker presence of institutional investors, and the approach to allocating corporate power which centres on the shareholders meeting.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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