Latest Newsletter: MSWG Weekly Newsletter 18 August 2017 (English)
18 August 2017
VOICE OF MSWG
Listing of Dual-Class Shares
Bursa Malaysia’s clarification that it has no plans to facilitate the listing of dual-class shares on Bursa Malaysia has come as a huge relief to us at the Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group (MSWG).
To do so would have been a huge disavowment of one of the central tenets of capital markets: that of one vote-one share. While other jurisdictions do allow it, notably the U.S., Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Russia and Finland, the risks are there for all to see.
These run the gamut of abuse of management power, including prejudiced inter-company loans, mergers/acquisitions and related party transactions, all under the guise of ‘owner knows best’.