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CONTROL OF A CORPORATION

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French Equivalent: Contrôle d’une société

Definition:
Control of a corporation occurs when a single institutional unit owning more than a half of the shares, or equity, of a corporation is able to control its policy and operations by outvoting all other shareholders, if necessary.

Similarly, a small, organised group of shareholders whose combined ownership of shares exceeds 50 per cent of the total is able to control the corporation by acting in concert.

In practice, when ownership of shares is widely diffused among a large number of shareholders, control may be secured by owning 20 per cent or less of the total shares.

Source Publication:
System of National Accounts (SNA), 2008. 4.69, 4.70.

Hyperlink:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/docs/SNA2008.pdf

Statistical Theme: National accounts

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, April 23, 2013