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Impact of Takeover Defenses on Managerial Incentives

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  • Rose, Caspar

    (Department of Finance, Copenhagen Business School)

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    The article studies how takeover defenses influence managerial incentives with respect to long term investments, excess liquidity and the amount of debt relative to equity. The article conducts a cross-sectional regression based on a sample of Danish listed firms, dealing explicitly with the problem of causation between the variables. Takeover defenses adopted by Danish firms mainly consist of shares with dual class voting rights often in combination with foundation ownership. The article finds that protected firms have significantly less debt to equity. However, protected firms are not significantly more oriented towards the long-term and do not have significantly more excess liquidity.

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    Paper provided by Copenhagen Business School, Department of Finance in its series Working Papers with number 2002-5.

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    Length: 37 pages
    Date of creation: 01 Jul 2002
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:cbsfin:2002_005

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    Postal: Department of Finance, Copenhagen Business School, Solbjerg Plads 3, A5, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
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    Keywords: Takeover Defenses; Company Law; Corporate Control; Corporate Governance; Simultaneous Equation Estimation;

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