Securities dealers and brokers became responsible for fully disclosing material information related to the instruments they were selling. Failing to disclose this information to potential investors made dealers and brokers liable for criminal prosecution. However, creators of the Act understood that requiring full disclosure left the securities dealers and brokers vulnerable to unfair prosecution if they did not disclose a material fact they did not possess or could not have known at the time of sale. As a means of protecting them, the Act included a legal defense that stated that as long as the dealers and brokers exercised "due diligence" when investigating companies whose equities they were selling, and fully disclosed their results to investors, they would not be held liable for information not discovered during the investigation.
Acting under a charter sanctioned by the Dutch government, the Dutch East India Company defeated Portuguese forces and established itself in the Moluccan Islands in order to profit from the European demand for spices.
Investors in the VOC had issued paper certificates as proof of share ownership, and were able to trade their shares on the original Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
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The best-known example, established inwas the East India Company of London. Queen Elizabeth I granted it the exclusive right to trade with all countries to the east of the Cape of Good Hope. Labeled by both contemporaries and historians as "the grandest society of merchants in the universe", the English East India Company would come to symbolize the dazzlingly rich potential of the corporation, as well as new methods of business that could be both brutal and exploitative.
Subsequent stock offerings demonstrated just how lucrative the Company had become. The rapid inflation of the stock value in the s led to the Bubble Actwhich restricted the establishment of companies without a royal charter.
A similar chartered companythe South Sea Companywas established in to trade in the Spanish South American colonies, but met with less success.
In fact the Spanish remained hostile and let only one ship a year enter. Unaware of the problems, investors in Britain, enticed by extravagant promises of profit from company promoters bought thousands of shares.
Bythe South Sea Company was so wealthy still having done no real business that it assumed the public debt of the British government. This accelerated the inflation of the share price further, as did the Bubble Actwhich possibly with the motive of protecting the South Sea Company from competition prohibited the establishment of any companies without a Royal Charter.
The share price rose so rapidly that people began buying shares merely in order to sell them at a higher price, which in turn led to higher share prices.
As bankruptcies and recriminations ricocheted through government and high society, the mood against corporations, and errant directors was bitter. In the late 18th century, Stewart Kydthe author of the first treatise on corporate law in English, defined a corporation as: By this point, the Industrial Revolution had gathered pace, pressing for legal change to facilitate business activity.
Without cohesive regulation, proverbial operations like the "Anglo-Bengalee Disinterested Loan and Life Assurance Company" were undercapitalised ventures promising no hope of success except for richly paid promoters.
As a result, many businesses came to be operated as unincorporated associations with possibly thousands of members. Any consequent litigation had to be carried out in the joint names of all the members and was almost impossibly cumbersome. Though Parliament would sometimes grant a private act to allow an individual to represent the whole in legal proceedings, this was a narrow and necessarily costly expedient, allowed only to established companies.
Then, inWilliam Gladstone became the chairman of a Parliamentary Committee on Joint Stock Companies, which led to the Joint Stock Companies Actregarded as the first modern piece of company law.
For the first time in history, it was possible for ordinary people through a simple registration procedure to incorporate. Limited liability[ edit ] However, there was still no limited liability and company members could still be held responsible for unlimited losses by the company.
This allowed investors to limit their liability in the event of business failure to the amount they invested in the company — shareholders were still liable directly to creditorsbut just for the unpaid portion of their shares. The principle that shareholders are liable to the corporation had been introduced in the Joint Stock Companies Act The Act allowed limited liability to companies of more than 25 members shareholders.
Insurance companies were excluded from the act, though it was standard practice for insurance contracts to exclude action against individual members.
Limited liability for insurance companies was allowed by the Companies Act This prompted the English periodical The Economist to write in that "never, perhaps, was a change so vehemently and generally demanded, of which the importance was so much overrated.
In the later nineteenth century, depression took hold, and just as company numbers had boomed, many began to implode and fall into insolvency.
Much strong academic, legislative and judicial opinion was opposed to the notion that businessmen could escape accountability for their role in the failing businesses.
Further developments[ edit ] Lindley LJ was the leading expert on partnerships and company law in the Salomon v.
The landmark case confirmed the distinct corporate identity of the company. This inspired other countries to introduce corporations of this kind.
The last significant development in the history of companies was the decision of the House of Lords in Salomon v.Schedule - Asis Europe , Conference Sessions, Networking Events.
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