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Removal of Directors: an Exploration of the Contemporary Corporate Law and Governance Issues

McConvill, James (2005) Removal of Directors: an Exploration of the Contemporary Corporate Law and Governance Issues. The Corporate Governance Law Review, 1 (1). pp. 191-244. ISSN 1449-9029

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Abstract

Increasing attention is being given to the legal and governance issues relating to the removal of directors in Australian public companies. This has been due mainly to the difficulties experienced by the board of National Australia Bank in attempting to remove one of its fellow directors, and the subsequent development of public companies entering into so-called 'prenuptial agreements' with new directors, requiring that the director 'resign ' if the board pass a vote of no-confidence in the director. In this article, the author revisits the area of director removal in Australian public companies for two reasons. The first reason, which covers the majority of the article, is to engage in a detailed analysis of whether the pre-nuptial agreements which some public companies have indicated that they support using to remove directors, are in fact enforceable under Australia's Corporations Act The second reason is to outline a law reform proposal to enable public companies to remove directors without requiring the vote of shareholders at a general meeting. The proposal involves providing Australia's corporate regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) with the power to grant relief from the statutory removal provisions to public companies, but in a way which balances the competing objectives of commercial efficiency and shareholder participation and, very importantly, encourages good corporate governance practices by companies in relation to the performance assessment of directors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID22491. company directors, corporate governance, Australian corporate law, public companies, ASIC, Corporations Act, Australia
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Law
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2012 00:06
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2012 00:06
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7713
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