Protecting Investors

This topic measures the strength of minority shareholder protections against misuse of corporate assets by directors for their personal gain. The most recent round of data collection for the project was completed in June 2013. Read the methodology.

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About Doing Business

The data and analysis appearing on this page was collected as part of the Doing Business project, which measures and compares regulations relevant to the life cycle of a small to medium-sized domestic business in 189 economies.

This measure of the transparency of transactions has 5 components.

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Extent of disclosure index (0-10)

This measure of liability for self-dealing by directors has 7 components.

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Extent of director liability index (0-10)

This measure of shareholders’ ability to sue officers and directors for misconduct has 6 components.

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Ease of shareholder suits index (0-10)

This index is an average of the Extent of Disclosure index, the Extent of Director Liability index, and the Ease of Shareholder suit index.

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Strength of investor protection index (0-10)
East Asia & Pacific..5565.3
Europe & Central Asia..6565.7
Latin America & Caribbean..4564.9
Middle East & North Africa..6534.5
OECD high income..7576.2
South Asia..5465.1
Sub-Saharan Africa..5454.5
Afghanistan1891111.0
Albania147967.3
Algeria985645.0
Angola804665.3
Antigua and Barbuda344876.3
Argentina987265.0
Armenia226686.7
Australia688275.7
Austria985555.0
Azerbaijan227586.7
Bahamas, The1152574.7
Bahrain1158424.7
Bangladesh226776.7
Barbados1702163.0
Belarus987085.0
Belgium168677.0
Belize1283464.3
Benin1576133.3
Bhutan1474343.7
Bolivia1381564.0
Bosnia and Herzegovina1153654.7
Botswana527836.0
Brazil805835.3
Brunei Darussalam1154284.7
Bulgaria5210266.0
Burkina Faso1476143.7
Burundi348746.3
Cabo Verde1381564.0
Cambodia8051015.3
Cameroon1286164.3
Canada48998.7
Central African Republic1386154.0
Chad1576133.3
Chile348656.3
China9810145.0
Colombia69888.3
Comoros1386154.0
Congo, Dem. Rep.1476143.7
Congo, Rep.1576133.3
Costa Rica1702523.0
Côte d'Ivoire1576133.3
Croatia1571543.3
Cyprus348476.3
Czech Republic982585.0
Denmark347576.3
Djibouti1825202.3
Dominica344876.3
Dominican Republic985465.0
Ecuador1381564.0
Egypt, Arab Rep.1475333.7
El Salvador1703063.0
Equatorial Guinea1476143.7
Eritrea1154554.7
Estonia688365.7
Ethiopia1573433.3
Fiji523876.0
Finland686475.7
France8010155.3
Gabon1576133.3
Gambia, The1782152.7
Georgia169667.0
Germany985555.0
Ghana347576.3
Greece807455.3
Grenada344876.3
Guatemala1573253.3
Guinea1786112.7
Guinea-Bissau1386154.0
Guyana805565.3
Haiti1702343.0
Honduras1700543.0
Hong Kong SAR, China398109.0
Hungary1282474.3
Iceland527566.0
India347486.3
Indonesia5210536.0
Iran, Islamic Rep.1477403.7
Iraq1284544.3
Ireland610698.3
Israel67998.3
Italy527476.0
Jamaica804845.3
Japan167687.0
Jordan1704413.0
Kazakhstan227676.7
Kenya9832105.0
Kiribati526576.0
Korea, Rep.527476.0
Kosovo986635.0
Kuwait804935.3
Kyrgyz Republic227586.7
Lao PDR1872121.7
Latvia685485.7
Lebanon989155.0
Lesotho983485.0
Liberia1474163.7
Libya1871131.7
Lithuania687465.7
Luxembourg1286434.3
Macedonia, FYR169847.0
Madagascar685665.7
Malawi804755.3
Malaysia410978.7
Maldives800885.3
Mali1476143.7
Malta683685.7
Marshall Islands1572083.3
Mauritania1476143.7
Mauritius126897.7
Mexico688545.7
Micronesia, Fed. Sts.1780082.7
Moldova807365.3
Mongolia225876.7
Montenegro345866.3
Morocco1156264.7
Mozambique525496.0
Myanmar1823042.3
Namibia805565.3
Nepal806195.3
Netherlands1154464.7
New Zealand1109109.7
Nicaragua1381564.0
Niger1576133.3
Nigeria685755.7
Norway227676.7
Oman988525.0
Pakistan346676.3
Palau1780082.7
Panama804485.3
Papua New Guinea684585.7
Paraguay686565.7
Peru169667.0
Philippines1282384.3
Poland527296.0
Portugal526576.0
Puerto Rico (U.S.)167687.0
Qatar1285624.3
Romania529546.0
Russian Federation1156264.7
Rwanda227946.7
Samoa345686.3
San Marino523786.0
São Tomé and Príncipe1573163.3
Saudi Arabia228846.7
Senegal1706123.0
Serbia807635.3
Seychelles684855.7
Sierra Leone226866.7
Singapore210999.3
Slovak Republic1153474.7
Slovenia145987.3
Solomon Islands523786.0
South Africa108888.0
South Sudan1822142.3
Spain985645.0
Sri Lanka526576.0
St. Kitts and Nevis344876.3
St. Lucia344876.3
St. Vincent and the Grenadines344876.3
Sudan1570643.3
Suriname1861052.0
Swaziland1282564.3
Sweden348476.3
Switzerland1700543.0
Syrian Arab Republic1157524.7
Taiwan, China349556.3
Tajikistan228666.7
Tanzania983485.0
Thailand1210767.7
Timor-Leste1155454.7
Togo1476143.7
Tonga1153384.7
Trinidad and Tobago224976.7
Tunisia525766.0
Turkey349556.3
Uganda1153564.7
Ukraine1285264.3
United Arab Emirates986725.0
United Kingdom1010778.0
United States67998.3
Uruguay983485.0
Uzbekistan1384174.0
Vanuatu805655.3
Venezuela, RB1823222.3
Vietnam1577123.3
West Bank and Gaza806555.3
Yemen, Rep.1386424.0
Zambia803675.3
Zimbabwe1288144.3

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