The main aim with this book is to provide English speaking readers with a comprehensive overview of the German corporate governance model. The authors introduce the reader to the unique features of the German Business and Enterprise Law. The book deals with the most important company organs, namely the General Meeting, the Management Board and the Supervisory Board. The unique interplay among these organs are also covered and the reader is introduced to the particular dynamics of the German two-tier board structure.Further the authors deal with the dominant role of the "German banks" and new players in the German financial markets, focusing particularly on voting rights of these institutions at companies' general meetings and appointing members to companies' supervisory boards. Accounting is shown as the documentary proof of good corporate governance. The final chapter gives an overview of corporate governance in the European Union, the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and corporate governance in the US, the UK and Australia.
Ch. 1 An overview of German business or enterprise law by Jean du Plessis and Bernhard Grossfeld -- Ch. 2 An overview of the corporate governance debate in Germany by Jean du Plessis and Ingo Saenger -- Ch. 3 The general meeting and the management board as company organs by Jean du Plessis and Ingo Saenger -- Ch. 4 The supervisory board as company organ by Jean du Plessis and Ingo Saenger -- Ch. 5 The German system of supervisory co-determination by employees by Jean du Plessis and Otto Sandrock -- Ch. 6 The impact of European developments on German co-determination by Otto Sandrock and Jean du Plessis -- Ch. 7 Accounting as the documentary proof of good corporate governance by Claus Luttermann -- Ch. 8 The dominant role of the German banks and new players in the German financial sector by Jean du Plessis and Claus Luttermann -- Ch. 9 Corporate Governance in the EU, the OECD principles of corporate governance and corporate governance in selected other jurisdictions by Jean du Plessis and Claus Luttermann -- App English translations of some European provisions for purposes of chapter 7.