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OECD economic surveys-Korea 2004 : Reform of the corporate and financial sectors

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Title OECD economic surveys-Korea 2004
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Reform of the corporate and financial sectors

Material Type Reports
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OECD

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[Paris]:OECD

Date 2004
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Financial Policy
Holding OECD

Abstract

The corporate and financial sectors, which lay at the core of the 1997 crisis, have evolved significantly in recent years. The corporate sector is still in the process of restructuring in the wake of several important changes, including stronger competitive pressures, a new corporate governance framework and more independent financial institutions. Of the top 30 chaebol in 1997, seventeen have entered legal bankruptcy procedures or been forced into workout programmes, including Daewoo, which was the second largest group. A number of others lost major subsidiaries. The surviving chaebol have substantially reduced debt;the average debt-toequity ratio has fallen to 116 per cent from more than 500 per cent at the time of the crisis. The improved financial health of the corporate sector has had beneficial...