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Title: Federal Intervention to Enhance Shareholder Choice

Author(s): Lucian Arye Bebchuk and Allen Ferrell

Publication Date: October 2001

Keyword(s): federal takeover, regulatory competition, shareholder, state takeover and takeover law

Programme Area(s): Financial Economics

Abstract: In a recent article, we have put forward a new approach to takeover law and regulatory competition. We proposed a ?choice-enhancing? federal intervention that would provide: (i) an optional body of substantive federal takeover law which shareholders would be able to opt into (or out of) and which would be more hospitable than existing state takeover law, and (ii) a mandatory process rule that would provide shareholders the right to initiate and adopt, regardless of managers? wishes, proposals for option into (or out of) the federal takeover law. In this Paper, we respond to critics of our proposal, and we further develop the case for it.

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Bebchuk, L and Ferrell, A. 2001. 'Federal Intervention to Enhance Shareholder Choice'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.