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Gatekeepers The Professions and Corporate Governance

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ISBN-10: 0199288097

ISBN-13: 9780199288090

Edition: 2006

Authors: John C. Coffee

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Much of the debate and investigation of corporate collapse and failure has focused on boards and directors. Not so much attention has been given to the role of those who inform and advise them: the gatekeeping professions who play a vital and influential role in modern business. In the book, John Coffee, world-renowned Professor of Corporate Law, explains how the professions have evolved, performed and changed their behavior over the last century. Coffee argues that all boards of directors are prisoners of their gatekeepers and only if the board's agents properly advise and warn it, can the board function efficiently. This well-informed, accessible and challenging account will be vital…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/27/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

John C. Coffee, Jr., is the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Corporate Governance at Columbia Law School.

What Happened?
The Failure of Gatekeepers
Explaining Gatekeeper Failure?
A Comparative Perspective
The Development of Gatekeepers
The Rise, Fall, and Redefinition of the Auditor: From Bookkeeper to Professional to Information Consultant
Corporate Attorneys as Gatekeepers: The Short History of a Developing Concept
Securities Analysts
The Ratings Agencies
The Search for Reform
What Went Wrong?
What Should Work? (And How to Get There)
Conclusion: The Future of Gatekeeping