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Multiple but Asymmetric Bank Financing: The Case of Relationship Lending

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  • Ralf Elsas
  • Frank Heinemann
  • Marcel Tyrell

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Empirical evidence suggests that even those firms presumably most in need of monitoring-intensive financing (young, small, and innovative firms) have a multitude of bank lenders, where one may be special in the sense of relationship lending. However, theory does not tell us a lot about the economic rationale for relationship lending in the context of multiple bank financing.To fill this gap, we analyze the optimal debt structure in a model that allows for multiple but asymmetric bank financing. The optimal debt structure balances the risk of lender coordination failure from multiple lending and the bargaining power of a pivotal relationship bank. We show that firms with low expected cash-flows or low interim liquidation values of assets prefer asymmetric financing, while firms with high expected cash-flow or high interim liquidation values of assets tend to finance without a relationship bank.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1251.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Keywords: relationship lending; multiple bank financing; lender coordination;

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