- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Notes on Contributors
- Foundations of Business Groups: Towards an Integrated Framework
- Business Groups in Historical Perspectives
- Business Groups in Prewar Japan: Historical Formation and Legacy
- Business Networks in Postwar Japan: Whither the <i>Keiretsu</i>?
- Business Groups in South Korea
- Business Groups in Taiwan
- Business Groups in China
- Business Groups in Thailand
- Business Groups in Singapore
- Business Groups in India
- Business Groups in Argentina
- Business Groups in Brazil
- Business Groups in Chile
- Business Groups in Mexico
- Business Groups in Israel
- Business Groups in Turkey
- Business Groups in Russia
- Business Groups in South Africa
- Business Groups in Emerging Markets: Paragons or Parasites?
- The Riddle of the Great Pyramids
- Economic Institutions and the Boundaries of Business Groups
- Business Groups and the State: The Politics of Expansion, Restructuring, and Collapse
- Corporate Governance of Business Groups
- The Kin and the Professional: Top Leadership in Family Business Groups
- Diversification Strategy and Business Groups
- Capability Building in Business Groups
- Technological Innovation and Business Groups
Abstract and Keywords
Chilean business groups tend to be structured as a collection of listed and non-listed companies presenting highly concentrated ownership and hanging under a listed holding company. These characteristic pyramidal structures are used to obtain funding from minority shareholders without losing control. Many of the large companies affiliated to Chilean business groups have traded in a relatively developed capital market with a considerable participation of institutional investors since 1986. Most Chilean business groups are relatively young and are successfully run by the second or third generation of the founding families. However, in some cases, control has passed to teams of executives and to foreign companies. This article looks at the main features of Chilean business groups and tries to find some stylized factors that help in an understanding of their dynamic evolution.
Fernando Lefort is Professor and Dean of the Facultad de Economía y Negocios, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile. He is also Executive Director of the Centro para el Gobierno de la Empresa, board Member of FASA Corporation and Vicechairman of AFC, Chile. His main areas of research are corporate finance and corporate governance. He has published in several international academic journals. He is an international consultant on corporate governance and has participated, among other things, in the World Bank Report on Standards and Codes (ROSC) on Corporate Governance in Chile and in the OECD's White Paper on Corporate Governance in Latin America.
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