NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Stefano Rossi

Professor of Finance
Bocconi University
Via Rontgen, 1
20136 Milano,
Italy

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

March 2010Returns to Shareholder Activism: Evidence from a Clinical Study of the Hermes UK Focus Fund
with Marco Becht, Julian Franks, Colin Mayer
in Corporate Governance, Michael Weisbach, editor
November 2005Spending Less Time with the Family: The Decline of Family Ownership in the United Kingdom
with Julian Franks, Colin Mayer
in A History of Corporate Governance around the World: Family Business Groups to Professional Managers, Randall K. Morck, editor
July 2004Spending Less Time with the Family: The Decline of Family Ownership in the UK
with Julian Franks, Colin Mayer: w10628
Family ownership was rapidly diluted in the twentieth century in Britain. The main cause was equity issued in the process of making acquisitions. In the first half of the century, it occurred in the absence of minority investor protection and relied on directors of target firms protecting the interests of shareholders. Families were able to retain control by occupying a disproportionate number of seats on the boards of firms. However, in the absence of large stakes, the rise of hostile takeovers and institutional shareholders made it increasingly difficult for families to maintain control without challenge. Potential targets attempted to protect themselves through dual class shares and strategic share blocks but these were dismantled in response to opposition by institutional shareholders ...

Published: Julian Franks & Colin Mayer & Stefano Rossi, 2005. "Spending Less Time with the Family: The Decline of Family Ownership in the United Kingdom," NBER Chapters, in: A History of Corporate Governance around the World: Family Business Groups to Professional Managers, pages 581-612 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

 
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