Hollinger International: The Lord Black Saga

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Case Code : BECG053 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 400 ;
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Case Length : 15 Pages
Period : 1999 - 2005
Pub. Date : 2005
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Hollinger International Inc.
Industry : Publishing
Countries : Canada, US, and UK


"Hollinger International - The Lord Black Saga" looks at the troubles at Hollinger International Inc. (HII), a large publishing house which owned several newspaper publications across the world like The Telegraph, The National Post, Sidney Morning Herald, Chicago Sun-Times. From 2001 onwards, there were a series of accusations of fraud, investigations, and lawsuits filed against HII's top executives.

The case deals with issues like personal greed, regulatory loopholes and failed internal controls that were responsible for a series of frauds committed by Black and his associates. The importance of corporate governance, shareholder activism and regulatory policies are also highlighted in this case.


Factors that lead to frauds being committed by top executives in a company

Importance of corporate governance policies, board management and internal controls in an increasingly globalized business environment


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Lord Black Ousted from Chairmanship 1
Background: Black Builds a Feudal Empire 2
The Downfall of Lord Black 4
Other Allegations Against Black 6
Hollinger International - A New Beginning? 7
Exhibits 10


Corporate governance, Internal audit, Accounting, Ethics, Hollinger International Inc., Tweedy Browne & Co., Conrad Black, Canada, USA, UK, British newspaper, Publishing, Newspaper, Fraud, Ravelston, Argus, Board composition, Shareholder activism, Executive pay, David Radler, The Telegraph, The National Post, Sidney Morning Herald and Chicago Sun-Times

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