Title: Hostile takeovers in China: comparative corporate governance and institutional changes

Authors: Lin Zhang

Addresses: Korea University Law School, 145, Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, 136-701, Korea

Abstract: Hostile takeovers are yet to be a common practice for Chinese listed companies. As empirical evidence shows, the existence of hostile takeovers, which is an external governance mechanism, is vital for the remedy of the inefficient conglomerate strategy of Chinese listed companies. Along with the end of equity-division reform, the media has started to pay attention to the emergence of hostile takeovers in China. Through exploring the changes of ownership concentration of Chinese listed companies, it is concluded that hostile takeovers will be likely to spring up in the not-so-far future in China. However, in order to turn the emergence of hostile takeovers from a possibility to a reality and further to achieve their implications for the corporate governance of Chinese listed companies, Chinese legislators must impose limitations on the application of pre-tender-offer anti-takeover measures.

Keywords: hostile takeovers; corporate governance; ownership structure; legislation; institutional changes; Asian law; China.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPL.2013.056804

International Journal of Private Law, 2013 Vol.6 No.4, pp.341 - 354

Available online: 19 Aug 2013 *

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