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In developed economies a consensus has evolved that banks should lend money to enterprises, not own them. Emerging economies face a different set of challenges which force us to reconsider the bank-enterprise relationship. In theory banks should play a key role in corporate governance. As a consequence, decision-makers in transition economies chose to emulate the German and Japanese models of bank-enterprise relationships. The empirical study presented here looks in detail at the Polish Enterprise and Bank Restructuring Program, which places banks center-stage. The Polish experience shows the necessity of completely overhauling the bankruptcy laws and institutions at the outset of any restructuring program. Banks need to be privatized before they can effectively exert corporate governance.
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Arnold Koller (born 29 August 1933) is a Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1986–1999).
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