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VIE Shell Game

CII Highlights Chinese VIE Corporate Structure Risk

A new report from the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) underlines the risks posed to investors by a corporate structure called a variable interest entity (VIE). Sixty two percent of Chinese companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges use a VIE, including internet giants Sina, Baidu, Alibaba and JD.com. U.S. exchanges are experiencing a surge of […]

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ACGA: Asian Business Dialogue on Corporate Governance 2013

This is the final program for the Asian Corporate Governance Association‘s 13th Annual Conference taking place in Seoul, Korea on November 5-6, 2013. You can still reserve your place. Sign up for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibile Investment in North Asia.  Payment can be made by credit card  (MasterCard, Visa, American Express). Please note companies registering two or […]

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Research Director: Hong Kong, China

The Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA), an independent non-profit association based in Hong Kong and one of the region’s foremost organizations working in the emerging field of corporate governance, is seeking applications for the new position of Research Director – China / Hong Kong. ACGA carries out its work through research, education and advocacy in […]

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Recent Research on SSRN

Abstracts from a few papers posted this month to the Social Science Research Newtork. Hall, Thomas W. and Jörgensen, Fredrik A., Ownership and Performance in Europe (2012). Forthcoming, Review of Business. The authors consider the relationship between performance and ownership concentration in a large number of publicly traded and privately held companies located in smaller […]

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Why Would Anyone Invest in China?

Francine McKenna writes that Deloitte Shanghai refuses to turn over workpapers and documents relevant to the SEC in their investigation of Longtop. “Chinese law prohibits Deloitte China from providing the requested documents directly to a foreign regulator,” said spokesperson Lauren Mistretta. “Deloitte China is caught in the middle of conflicting demands by two government regulators, […]

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Sustainable Development Index Coming to Shanghai Stock Exchange

Last year, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) produced a report, the goal of which was to help the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) improve the quality of sustainability reporting by Chinese companies. While SSE was “one of the first stock exchanges to issue a directive for companies to publish a sustainability report,” IFC noted, “Existing frameworks […]

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Extracurricular Reading

From August 2011 Harper’s Index: Portion of employers who say they conduct criminal-background checks on potential employees: ¾ Chance that an American adult has a criminal record: 1 in 4 Percentage of applicants offered undergraduate admission to Harvard this year: 6.2 Percentage of applicants accepted for employment on McDonanld’s National Hiring day in April: 6.2 […]

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Asian Companies Face Corporate Governance Pressures

‘The reluctance of family-owned firms to open their equity to outside shareholders has to some extent constrained the development of the capital markets in the Middle East,’ says Alissa Koldertsova, a policy analyst at the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Examples are provided from several locations in Asia. For example: Gome Electrical […]

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CorpGov Bites

ISS Issues 2011 Policy Updates – TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog, 11/22/2010. Broc Romanek provides highlights of ISS policy changes. Dan Harris provides readers with his recent speech on Emerging Market/China Outsourcing Issues, China Law Blog, 11/21/2010. Also interesting, The China Rich….Are Not Like Us?, 11/19/2010. Jones, Renee M., Will the SEC Survive Financial Regulatory Reform? (November 18, […]

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China's Increased Voting Power

World Bank members voted to place China’s voting power in the organization behind the United States and Japan. The China’s stake in the bank climbed from 2.8% to 4.4 %. Given that China has made many achievements in eradicating poverty, we have reasons to believe the country will contribute more to global efforts on poverty […]

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