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Do UK Institutional Shareholders Monitor their Investee Firms?

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  • Goergen, M.
  • Renneboog, L.D.R.
  • Zhang, C.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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As institutional investors are the largest shareholders in most listed UK firms, one expects them to monitor the firms they invest in. However, there is mounting empirical evidence which suggests that they do not perform any monitoring. This paper provides a new test on whether UK institutional investors engage in monitoring. The test consists of an event study on directors’ trades. If institutional shareholders act as monitors, their monitoring activities convey new information about a firm’s future value to other outside shareholders and reduce the informational asymmetry between the managers and the market. As a result, directors’ trades convey less information to the market, and the stock price reaction is weaker. However, our results show that institutional shareholders do not have any significant impact on the stock price reaction which stands in marked contrast with the impact that families, individuals and other firms have on stock prices.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2008-38.

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Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:200838

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Keywords: Insider trading; institutional investor monitoring; shareholder activism; corporate governance; ownership and control;

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  1. Ismail Adelopo & Kumba Jallow & Peter Scott, 2012. "Multiple large ownership structure, audit committee activity and audit fees: Evidence from the UK," Journal of Applied Accounting Research, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 13(2), pages 100-121.
  2. Caspar Rose, 2012. "The new European shareholder rights directive: removing barriers and creating opportunities for more shareholder activism and democracy," Journal of Management and Governance, Springer, vol. 16(2), pages 269-284, May.

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