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Director Networks and Takeovers

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  • Renneboog, L.D.R.
  • Zhao, Y.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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    Abstract: We study the impact of corporate networks on the takeover process. We find that better connected companies are more active bidders. When a bidder and a target have one or more directors in common, the probability that the takeover transaction will be successfully completed augments, and the duration of the negotiations is shorter. Connected targets more frequently accept offers that involve equity. Directors of the target firm (who are not interlocked) have a better chance to be invited to the board of the combined firm in connected M&As. While connections have a clear impact on the takeover strategy and process, we do not find evidence that the market acknowledges connections between bidders and targets as the announcement returns are not statistically different from those bidders and targets which are ex ante not connected.

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    Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2013-056.

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    Handle: RePEc:dgr:kubcen:2013056

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    Keywords: Mergers and Acquisitions; Director Networks; Centrality; Connections;

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    1. Goergen, Marc & Renneboog, Luc, 2003. "Shareholder Wealth Effects of European Domestic and Cross-Border Takeover Bids," EIFC - Technology and Finance Working Papers 20, United Nations University, Institute for New Technologies.
    2. Martynova, M. & Renneboog, L.D.R., 2006. "The Performance of the European Market for Corporate Control: Evidence from the 5th Takeover Wave," Discussion Paper 2006-029, Tilburg University, Tilburg Law and Economic Center.
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