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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE STANDARDS IN CROSS-BORDER INVESTING: LESSONS LEARNED FROM CHINESE COMPANIES LISTED IN THE UNITED STATES

Hugh Grove, Maclyn Clouse

DOI: 10.22495/cocv11i3conf2p4

Abstract

This paper will examine five Chinese company stocks that have been listed on United States exchanges with either initial public offerings (IPOs) or reverse mergers, often called reverse take-overs (RTOs). Their shares were initially well received in the market, especially as China’s economy continued to grow at rates much higher than the rest of the world’s countries, with increasing stock prices creating significant gains for their investors. However, in spite of these firms’ apparent compliance to the U. S. regulations, there is now evidence of fraud, poor auditing, and a lack of corporate governance and control. The resultant stock price declines have led to billions of dollars of losses for investors, and some of these Chinese firms have subsequently been delisted by U. S. stock exchanges. In this paper, we will show that had auditors, boards of directors, and financial analysts been more diligent and responsible, these problems could have been identified earlier than they were. Perhaps some of the investors’ losses could have been prevented.

Keywords: Corporate Governance Standards, Cross-Border Investing, China, the USA

How to cite this paper: Grove, H., & Clouse, M. (2014). Corporate governance standards in cross-border investing: lessons learned from Chinese companies listed in the United States. [Conference issue]. Corporate Ownership & Control, 11(3-2), 429-437. http://doi.org/10.22495/cocv11i3conf2p4

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