Blueprint for Public Company Reform

Edward Gottesman

Published: December 2003

The crisis of confidence in corporate governance and the opacity of public company reporting are growing concerns. These flaws in the market system have been highlighted by the stock market bubble and pose a threat to orderly capital flows. Reform is needed, but legislation may have little effect and can carry unintended consequences. Better solutions can be found by examining the way in which private companies are directed and the type of financial and operational reports they use for budgeting and control. Institutional investors, bankers, professional advisers and Boards of Directors can implement the changes needed to provide more reliable information for valuation of public company securities and to counteract the casino mentality that infects capital markets.

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