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Risk Arbitrage in Takeovers

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  • Cornelli, Francesca
  • Li, David Daokui
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    The paper studies the role of risk arbitrage in takeover contests. We show that arbitrageurs have an incentive to accumulate non-trivial stakes in a company target of a takeover. For each arbitrageur, the knowledge of his own presence (and that he will tender a positive fraction of his shares) is an informational advantage which guarantees that there is a scope for trade with the other shareholders. In equilibrium, the number of arbitrageurs buying shares and the number of shares they buy are determined endogenously. The paper also presents a range of empirical implications, including the relationship between trading volume, takeover premium, bidder's toehold, liquidity of the shares and the probability that the takeover will succeed.

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    Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2026.

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    Date of creation: Nov 1998
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    Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2026

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    Keywords: Arbitrage; Corporate Control; Mergers;

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    1. Bilge Yilmaz, . "A Theory of Takeover Bidding," Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research Working Papers 3-00, Wharton School Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research.
    2. Francesca Cornelli & David D. Li, 2002. "Risk Arbitrage in Takeovers," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 15(3), pages 837-868.
    3. Bilge Yilmaz, . "A Theory of Takeover Bidding," Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research Working Papers 03-00, Wharton School Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research.

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