493 - Corporate governance in the Netherlands

Wetenschappelijke publicatie
Date 6 February 1997

This study focuses on Dutch shareholders' structures and the participation by funds and banks in particular. Statistics show that foreigners possess the main part of Dutch shares, funds a relatively large part and banks only a small part. In the Netherlands there has been an increasing interest in shares as part of total assets during 1980-1996. Lately, participation of banks in non-financial institutions have also been growing considerably. Finally, the current Dutch debate on moving towards a more Anglo-Saxon type of governance model is discussed. (Published in Corporate Governance, Financial Markets and Global Gonvergence, eds. Balling, Hennessy and O'Brien, Kluwer academic Publishers, pp. 89-110)