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The Relation between IPO Underpricing and Litigation Risk Revisited: Changes between 1990 and 2002


  • Yun (Ellen) Zhu


"This paper reexamines the litigation risk hypothesis of initial public offering (IPO) underpricing in different legal and economic environments. When litigation risk is reduced in the three-year period after the enactment of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, firms' litigation risk plays a less significant role in IPO underpricing strategy. Furthermore, underpricing deters more traditional IPO lawsuits compared to that effect in the pre-1995 period. In the period after that, however, there is another structural change in which firms again use underpricing as insurance against IPO lawsuits. This underpricing may actually have led to greater litigation relating to IPO allocation irregularities." Copyright (c) 2009 Financial Management Association International.

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  • Yun (Ellen) Zhu, 2009. "The Relation between IPO Underpricing and Litigation Risk Revisited: Changes between 1990 and 2002," Financial Management, Financial Management Association International, vol. 38(2), pages 323-355, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:finmgt:v:38:y:2009:i:2:p:323-355

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    1. Lin, Hui Ling & Pukthuanthong, Kuntara & Walker, Thomas John, 2013. "An international look at the lawsuit avoidance hypothesis of IPO underpricing," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 19(C), pages 56-77.
    2. Walker, Thomas & Turtle, Harry J. & Pukthuanthong, Kuntara & Thiengtham, Dolruedee, 2015. "Legal opportunism, litigation risk, and IPO underpricing," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 68(2), pages 326-340.
    3. Hao, (Grace) Qing, 2011. "Securities litigation, withdrawal risk and initial public offerings," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 17(3), pages 438-456, June.
    4. Katsiaryna Salavei Bardos & Joseph Golec & John P. Harding, 2013. "Litigation Risk And Market Reaction To Restatements," Journal of Financial Research, Southern Finance Association;Southwestern Finance Association, vol. 36(1), pages 19-42, January.
    5. Nibu Raj Abraham, 2015. "Underpricing in the Malaysian IPO Market During 2009-2014," Journal of Applied Management and Investments, Department of Business Administration and Corporate Security, International Humanitarian University, vol. 4(4), pages 194-200, November.
    6. Sergey S. Barabanov & Onem Ozocak & Kuntara Pukthuanthong & Thomas J. Walker, 2013. "Underwriters And The Broken Chinese Wall: Institutional Holdings And Post-Ipo Securities Litigation," Journal of Financial Research, Southern Finance Association;Southwestern Finance Association, vol. 36(4), pages 543-578, December.

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