Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/30011
Authors: 
Köhler, Matthias
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 10-002
Abstract: 
This paper gives an overview over corporate governance and banking regulation in Germany. Particular attention is put on legal and regulatory changes that were made in response to the financial market crisis. The paper shows that the changes mainly focus on the remuneration of managers and on further professionalizing the supervisory board. Problematic is that several laws that were enacted in the past years to improve corporate governance focus on listed firms. Furthermore, some of the recommendations and suggestions made to improve corporate governance in Germany are not legally binding even for stock corporations. Recent empirical evidence, moreover, suggests that bank shareholders pushed for greater risk-taking and not managers. This contrast with public view that the bank managers are pushed by aggressive remunerations schemes to increase risk-taking and indicates that the recent legal and regulatory changes fail to remove all weaknesses of the German corporate governance system.
Subjects: 
Corporate governance
banks
regulation
remuneration schemes
supervisory board
JEL: 
G21
G34
G38
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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