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German Corporate Governance in International and European Context


About this book


The book provides readers with an overview of the unique features of German business and enterprise law and an in-depth analysis of the organs of governance of German public limited companies (general meeting, management board, supervisory board). In addition, approaches for reforms required at the international level are also suggested and discussed, including, among others, the unique interplay and dynamics of the German two-tier board model with the system of codetermination, referring to the arrangement of employees sitting on the supervisory boards of German public limited companies and private companies employing more than 500 employees; also covered are significant recent legal developments in Europe.
The book highlights the core function of valuation and financial reporting at the international, European and German levels, with accounting as the documentary proof of good corporate governance. Corporate governance encompasses the free enterprise system, which is treated comprehensively in this book from a German perspective. This distinguishes the book from other books written in English in this subject area, not only because of the comprehensive way it covers German corporate law and corporate governance, but also because of the fact that it provides international and European perspectives on these important topics.
The book is addressed to researchers, practitioners and basically anyone with an interest in the complex, but intriguing areas of corporate law and corporate governance.


Codetermination European Accounting/Financial Reporting German Corporate Governance German corporations/company law International business law

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Deakin Law SchoolDeakin UniversityGeelongAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of LawUniversity of MuensterMuensterGermany
  3. 3.Catholic University of Eichstaett-IngolstadtIngolstadtGermany
  4. 4.Institute for International Economic LawUniversity of MuensterMuensterGermany
  5. 5.Institute for International Economic LawUniversity of MuensterMuensterGermany
  6. 6.Faculty of LawUniversity of MuensterMuensterGermany

About the authors

Professor Dr. Jean J. du Plessis, Deakin University, Geelong Victoria, Australia
Professor Dr. Bernhard Großfeld, Muenster, Germany 
Professor Dr. Claus Luttermann, Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Ingolstadt, Germany 
Professor Dr. Ingo Saenger, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany 
Professor Dr. Otto Sandrock, Muenster, Germany

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