Minority report - shareholders in Swiss companies find their voice
Many Swiss-listed companies are controlled by a major shareholder or a shareholder group, quite often by a family. While most of these companies are only of mid-size, there are also some quite large companies, including Roche and Swatch, to which this applies. Investors interested in these companies must carefully analyse the extent to which Swiss law affords them protection against the controlling shareholder and the board typically consisting of members close to the controlling shareholder.
Many Swiss companies are controlled by major shareholders but new developments are giving minority shareholders a voice. Pestalozzi’s Jakob Hoehn reports
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