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Business Groups and Tunneling: Evidencefrom Private Securities Offeringsby Korean Chaebols

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  • JAE-SEUNG BAEK
  • JUN-KOO KANG
  • INMOO LEE

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We examine whether equity-linked private securities offerings are used as a mechanism for tunneling among firms that belong to a Korean chaebol. We find that chaebol issuers involved in intragroup deals set the offering prices to benefit their controlling shareholders. We also find that chaebol issuers (member acquirers) realize an 8.8% (5.8%) higher (lower) announcement return than do other types of issuers (acquirers) if they sell private securities at a premium to other member firms, and if the controlling shareholders receive positive net gains from equity ownership in issuers and acquirers. These results are consistent with tunneling within business groups. Copyright 2006 by The American Finance Association.

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  • Jae-Seung Baek & Jun-Koo Kang & Inmoo Lee, 2006. "Business Groups and Tunneling: Evidencefrom Private Securities Offeringsby Korean Chaebols," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 61(5), pages 2415-2449, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:61:y:2006:i:5:p:2415-2449
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