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How to Sell a (Bankrupt) Company

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  • Francesca Cornelli
  • Leonardo Felli

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The restructuring of a bankrupt company often entails the sale of such company. This paper suggests a way to sell the company that maximizes the creditors' proceeds. The key to this proposal is the option left to the creditors to retain a fraction of the shares of the company. Indeed, by retaining the minority stake, creditors reduce to a minimum the rents that the sale of the company leaves in the hands of the buyer.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 292.

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Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_292

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Keywords: Bankruptcy; control stakes; auction;

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Cited by:
  1. Samuel Lee & Christian At & Mike Burkart, 2007. "Security-Voting Structure and Bidder Screening," FMG Discussion Papers dp575, Financial Markets Group.
  2. Mehmet Ekmekci & Nenad Kos & Rakesh Vohra, 2013. "Just Enough or All: Selling a Firm," Working Papers 470, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.

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