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Authors: 
Siebert, Horst
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
Kieler Arbeitspapiere 1206
Abstract: 
Germany?s capital market relies on bank-intermediated products and not so much on capital market processes. Two of the pillars in Germany?s three-pillar banking system, the savings banks and the cooperative banks, have special statutes and are not exposed to the control of the capital market through the usual threat of a change in ownership. Savings banks enjoy public guarantees. In the financing of firms, bank credits are far more important relative to market products - equity and bonds - than in the Anglo-Saxon countries. Moreover, banks so far have had a dominating position in corporate control through their holdings and their votes in the supervisory board in Germany?s two-tier system of corporate governance. In this system block holdings are a relevant element. With the banks themselves under the pressure of changed international conditions, the German system of corporate control has yet to prove its viability.
Subjects: 
Banking system , capital market , corporate governance
JEL: 
G3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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