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Takeover Law in the UK, the EU and China

State Interests, Market Players, and Governance Mechanisms

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  • Provides insights into Chinese law making process and institutional politics in takeover

  • Contains numerous case studies on takeovers in UK, EU, and China

  • Maps out state interests in the changing global trade relations in light of the rising China

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This book investigates stakeholders’ interests, market players, and governance models for the takeover market in the changing global economic orders. Authors from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, and China discuss takeovers in the context of China as a rising power in the global M&A market and re-examine takeover as an efficient method for corporate competition, consolidation, and restructuring. China has come to embrace takeovers as a market practice and is seeking directions for further reforms of its law, regulatory model, and banking system in order to compete with other economic powers. Yet, China is at a very different economic development stage and has different legal and political structures. State-owned enterprises dominate the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock markets – a very different landscape from UK and European exchanges. Researchers and policy makers are currently developing options in response to needs for reform. Recently, China has also announced the opening of its financial markets to foreign ownership. This book reflects on the UK and European models and focuses on the policy choices for China to transform its capital market. The book is of interest to postgraduate students and researchers (LLM, PhD, postdocs), law and management/finance academics, and policy makers. 

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Law, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK

    Joseph Lee

About the editor

Dr. Joseph Lee is a senior lecturer at Exeter Law School. He received his PhD in law from the University of London. 
He has been visiting professor and collaborateur scientifique at the University of Liège, Belgium, visiting professor at National Taiwan University, and Canon fellow at the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo. He has lectured at the University of Hong Kong, Kyushu University, Nagoya University, and Bocconi University.  
Dr. Lee has published widely on the subjects of company law, corporate governance, financial markets regulation, commercial law, and arbitration.  
He is an adviser to the Astana International Financial Centre and a New York attorney.  

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Takeover Law in the UK, the EU and China

  • Book Subtitle: State Interests, Market Players, and Governance Mechanisms

  • Editors: Joseph Lee

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Law and Criminology, Law and Criminology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-72344-6Published: 21 May 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-72347-7Published: 22 May 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-72345-3Published: 20 May 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VII, 280

  • Number of Illustrations: 21 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: International Economic Law, Trade Law, Private International Law, International & Foreign Law, Comparative Law

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