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Investment bank reputation and shareholder wealth effects in mergers and acquisitions

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  • Schiereck, Dirk
  • Sigl-Grüb, Christof
  • Unverhau, Jan
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    This paper investigates the relationship between the reputation of investment banks employed in mergers and acquisitions transactions and the resulting wealth effects. Two hypotheses are tested: the superior deal hypothesis, stating that high reputation advisors suggest deals with higher overall transaction gains; and the bargaining advantage hypothesis, stating that the larger share of transaction benefits is attributed to the party employing a highly reputed advisor. Evidence from 285 European M&A-transactions announced between 1997 and 2002 does not support any of these hypotheses. On average, wealth effects are not significantly different for transactions advised by different advisor tiers.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Research in International Business and Finance.

    Volume (Year): 23 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 257-273

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:riibaf:v:23:y:2009:i:3:p:257-273

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    Keywords: Merger and acquisition Investment bank reputation Premium;

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