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After Enron

Improving Corporate Law and Modernising Securities Regulation in Europe and the US

Editor(s): John Armour, Joseph A McCahery
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Published: 14-11-2006
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 728
ISBN: 9781841135311
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP : £90.00
 

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Loren Epson

About After Enron

At the end of the twentieth century it was thought by many that the Anglo-American system of corporate governance was performing effectively and some observers claimed to see an international trend towards convergence around this model. There can be no denying that the recent corporate governance crisis in the US has caused many to question their faith in this view. This collection of essays provides a comprehensive attempt to answer the following questions: firstly, what went wrong - when and why do markets misprice the value of firms, and what was wrong with the incentives set by Enron? Secondly, what has been done in response, and how well will it work - including essays on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the US, UK company law reform and European company law and auditor liability reform, along with a consideration of corporate governance reforms in historical perspective. Three approaches emerge. The first two share the premise that the system is fundamentally sound, but part ways over whether a regulatory response is required. The third view, in contrast, argues that the various scandals demonstrate fundamental weaknesses in the Anglo-American system itself, which cannot hope to be repaired by the sort of reforms that have taken place.

"This collection of papers by leading US and European corporate law scholars provides fresh and rigorous analyses of the recent corporate governance scandals and the strategies devised by regulators to guard against future governance failures."
Randall Thomas, John Beasley Professor of Law and Business, Vanderbilt University School of Law, Vanderbilt University.

Table Of Contents

Introduction
After Enron: Improving Corporate Law and Modernising Securities Regulation in Europe and the US JOHN ARMOUR and JOSEPH A McCAHERY
Part I: Stock Markets and Information
1 The Mechanisms Of Market Efficiency Twenty Years Later: The Hindsight Bias RONALD J GILSON and REINIER KRAAKMAN
2 Taming the Animal Spirits of the Stock Markets: A Behavioural Approach to Securities Regulation DONALD C LANGEVOORT
Part II: Corporate Scandals in Historical and Comparative Context
3 Icarus and American Corporate Regulation DAVID A SKEEL, JR
4 Corporate Governance after Enron: An Age of Enlightenment SIMON DEAKIN and SUZANNE J KONZELMANN
5 Financial Scandals and the Role of Private Enforcement: The Parmalat Case GUIDO FERRARINI and PAOLO GIUDICI
6 A Theory of Corporate Scandals: Why the US and Europe Differ JOHN C COFFEE, JR
Part III: Evaluating Regulatory Responses: The US and UK
7 The Case for Shareholder Access to the Ballot LUCIAN ARYE BEBCHUK
8 Rules, Principles, and the Accounting Crisis in the United States WILLIAM W BRATTON
9 The Oligopolistic Gatekeeper: The US Accounting Profession JAMES D COX
10 The Liability Risk for Outside Directors: A Cross-Border Analysis BERNARD BLACK, BRIAN CHEFFINS and MICHAEL KLAUSNER
11 The Legal Control of Directors' Conflicts of Interest in the United Kingdom: Non-Executive Directors Following the Higgs Report RICHARD C NOLAN
Part IV: Reforming EU Company Law and Securities Regulation
12 Enron and Corporate Governance Reform in the UK and the European Community PAUL DAVIES
13 Modern Company and Capital Market Problems: Improving European Corporate Governance After Enron KLAUS J HOPT
14 Who Should Make Corporate Law? EC Legislation versus Regulatory Competition JOHN ARMOUR
15 Company and Takeover Law Reforms in Europe: Misguided Harmonization Efforts or Regulatory Competition? GÉRARD HERTIG and JOSEPH A McCAHERY
16 The Regulatory Process for Securities Law-Making in the EU EILÍS FERRAN
17 EC Company Law Directives and Regulations: How Trivial Are They? LUCA ENRIQUES

Reviews

“…covers a wide range of issues and succeeds in touching upon the critical areas, which need further analysis…an important contribution to the corporate law literature.” –  Stelios Andreadakis, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol 57

“This is an important book…the standing of the contributors is such that the book provides an excellent overview of current thinking in this area of corporate law…Hart Publishing and the editors of this volume are to be congratulated for the important contribution that After Enron has made to contemporary corporate law reform debates.” –  Roman Tomasic, Australian Journal of Corporate Law

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