French connections: interlocking directorates and ownership network in an insider governance system
Tristan Auvray () and
Olivier Brossard ()
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Olivier Brossard: LEREPS - Laboratoire d'Etude et de Recherche sur l'Economie, les Politiques et les Systèmes Sociaux - UT Capitole - Université Toulouse Capitole - UT - Université de Toulouse - UT2J - Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT - Université de Toulouse - Institut d'Études Politiques [IEP] - Toulouse - ENSFEA - École Nationale Supérieure de Formation de l'Enseignement Agricole de Toulouse-Auzeville
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We show that single and multiple overlapping directorships of large French listed corporations are highly explained by their ownership connections. Both large and small stakes, from 1% to 20% of cash-flow rights or voting rights, have high explanatory power. We provide evidence also of the existence of a positive relationship between the size of a shareholding and the strength of the correlation between ownership ties and overlapping directorates. Finally, we demonstrate that causality goes from ownership to interlocking directorates, for both unilateral stakes and cross- shareholdings.
Keywords: Corporate Governance; Ownership Networks; Board Interlocks; Multiple Blockholders; réseau d’administrateurs; réseau de propriété; Gouvernance d’entreprise; actionnaires multiples (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Published in Revue d'économie industrielle , 2016, 154, pp.177-206. ⟨10.4000/rei.6377⟩
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