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Eurobond Underwriter Spreads

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  • Neil Esho
  • Ian Sharpe

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We examine the determinants of underwriter spreads on straight/fixed rate Eurobonds issued by U.S. firms between 1990 and 1998. We find that underwriter spreads are influenced by: (i) the governing law as it influences the timely and orderly renegotiation of contract terms, with bonds governed by English law having significantly lower spreads; (ii) the distribution mechanism, with spreads higher on public issues than private placements; (iii) underwriter reputation, with more reputable underwriters charging higher fees; and (iv) the choice of currency, with spreads higher in the less frequently utilized currencies and/or in currencies where underwriting activities are more concentrated.

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  1. Kollo, Michael G., 2005. "Underwriter competition and gross spreads in the eurobond market," Working Paper Series 0550, European Central Bank.
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