The Dutch East India Company in 1612 (A)
The Dutch East India Company's board of directors must decide what to do about an impending legal requirement to liquidate the company's assets and return to shareholders their capital and any profits earned during a ten-year lock up period. The charter granted to the company in 1602 by the Dutch Estates General (legislature) required the liquidation and accounting to shareholders after the initial ten-year period and again at the end of a second ten-year period. However, the company's directors believe that more time is needed to reap the benefits of shareholders' initial investments and that liquidating the company's assets after the initial ten-year lock-up would make it impossible to raise capital for the second ten-year term. The case describes the origins of the Dutch East India Company, the world's first publicly-traded multinational company, and traces key aspects of the company's governance and development during its first ten years, including the emergence of disagreement among shareholders about corporate strategy and dividend policy.
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- 2019 HBS
- Book Quality:
- Harvard Business Publishing
- Date of Addition:
- Business and Finance, Nonfiction,
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- This is a copyrighted book.
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