Recent Devlopments in Corporate Governance

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Although it was the country’s large financial institutions and not its community banks that brought about the current crisis, corporate governance changes stemming from it will likely impact small as well as large banks. A primary premise of the proposed Shareholder Bill of Rights Act of 2009 is that “among the central causes of the financial and economic crises that the United States faces today has been a widespread failure of corporate governance.” It is only one of three bills that have been introduced into Congress relating to corporate governance issues; the SEC has also proposed changes to its disclosure requirements.

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