Corporate Governance

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This series of books addresses issues related to corporate governance including such issues as board composition and nomination, the role of institutional investors, board incentives, risk management and  supervision and enforcement.

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Corporate Governance in Israel 2011

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08 mars 2011
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The Review of Corporate Governance in Israel was prepared as part of the process of Israel’s accession to OECD Membership. The report describes the corporate governance setting including the structure and ownership concentration of listed companies and the structure and operation of the state-owned sector. The Review then examines the legal and regulatory framework and company practices to assess the degree to which the recommendations of the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises have been implemented.
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  • Foreword
    This Review of Corporate Governance in Israel is part of a series of reviews of national policies undertaken for the OECD Corporate Governance Committee. It was prepared as part of the process of Israel’s accession to OECD membership.
  • Assessment and Recommendations
    The Israeli corporate governance landscape is characterised by ownership concentration and family control of a significant number of listed companies. Recent research has estimated that three-quarters of Israeli listed companies (of a total of 640) are controlled by family or individual interests. Institutional investors accounted for 18% of market capitalisation, foreign investors for 17% while government ownership accounted for only 1% of market capitalisation. While the role of the state in capital markets has been on the decline, the role of institutional bodies has grown. The free float on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) is limited (31% in 2007), despite efforts to increase it. The tendency toward a concentrated ownership structure applies to even the largest listed companies.
  • Corporate Governance Review
    The Israeli corporate landscape in the decades following the creation of the nation was, for reasons of resource scarcity, strategic imperatives and ideology, dominated by state-owned enterprises and collectively held business groups under the control of the Histadrut trade union movement. Privately owned companies were largely in the hands of either individuals or families. However, efficiency and productivity evolved slowly in the publicly controlled companies and they became a major destination for government subsidies.
  • Annex A - Analytical Framework for the Accession Review
    As noted in the Foreword, the Corporate Governance Committee (then known as the Steering Group on Corporate Governance) was requested to examine Israel’s position with respect to core corporate governance features and to provide the OECD Council with a formal opinion on Israel’s willingness and ability to implement the recommendations laid down in the Principles of Corporate Governance and Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State- Owned Enterprises. At the same time, Council requested the Committee to carry out accession reviews on the same basis for four other countries – Chile, Estonia, the Russian Federation and Slovenia.
  • Annex B - Mapping of the Holdings of Large Israeli Groups
  • Annex C - Examples of Structure of Large Israeli Groups
  • Annex D - Structure of the Israeli Banking Sector
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