June 1, 2016

Lipton on the Transplant and Adaptation of Company Law in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900

Phillip Lipton, Monash University, Department of Business Law & Taxation, has published The Transplant and Adaption of Company Law in Colonial Victoria 1850-1900. Here is the abstract.
This paper deals with the transplant and adaption of company law in the Australian colony of Victoria during the second half of the nineteenth century. It seeks to place the development of company law in Victoria in its economic and institutional contexts so as to inform a consideration of the circumstances that are conducive to successful legal transplants. The gold mining industry was a particularly important driver of economic development and prosperity. However the availability of resources may be either a blessing or curse. In the case of nineteenth century Victoria, the extraction of gold was a decided blessing due to a number of favourable institutional factors including the successful transplant of English company law which facilitated the formation of gold mining companies and the necessary large-scale investment. An important factor in this success was the preparedness of the legislature to respond to the needs of the wider business community and especially the gold mining industry. This paper then examines some of the significant innovations that assisted the gold mining industry, in particular the introduction of the no liability company and other later investor protection innovations that modernised company law.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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