Ownership and Control in The Netherlands

Abe de Jong, Rezaul Kabir, Teye Marra and Ailsa Röell

in The Control of Corporate Europe

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780199257539
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191595905 | DOI:
 Ownership and Control in The Netherlands

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This paper analyses ownership and control structures of Dutch listed companies. Legislation, effective since 1992, mandates all shareholders with holdings of 5% or more in Dutch companies to disclose their holdings. Our analysis shows that the average ownership stakes of the largest and the three largest shareholders are 27% and 41%, respectively. The average ownership stakes of banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions are relatively low. We observe that voting rights are more concentrated than ownership rights; the use of a supervisory board representing interests of different stakeholders is ubiquitous; and listed companies use different forms of anti‐takeover defence measures.

Keywords: ownership; control; corporate governance; Netherlands

Chapter.  6688 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Financial Markets

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