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The Agency Structure of Loan Syndicates


  • Pascal François
  • Franck Missonier‐Piera


Leaders of loan syndicates often delegate some administrative tasks to banks known as co‐agents. One reason is that co‐agents are specialized banks that help split the costs of managing the syndicate. Another reason is that co‐agents monitor the leader on behalf of syndicate members to mitigate informational asymmetry problems. Large sample tests on the Dealscan database provide support for both arguments. Evidence of repeated contracting between the same banks explains the moderate magnitude of monitoring effects.

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  • Pascal François & Franck Missonier‐Piera, 2007. "The Agency Structure of Loan Syndicates," The Financial Review, Eastern Finance Association, vol. 42(2), pages 227-245, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:finrev:v:42:y:2007:i:2:p:227-245
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6288.2007.00169.x

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