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Foreign Investor Participation In Privatizations: Does The Institutional Environment Matter?

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  • Narjess Boubakri
  • Jean-Claude Cosset
  • Omrane Guedhami
  • Mohammed Omran

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We examine the determinants of foreign investors' participation in the privatization process of developing countries. First, we estimate the probability that foreign investors target privatized firms in a given country. We show that a favorable legal environment where investor protection is higher enhances foreign investors' participation. Foreigners also prefer large, strategic firms from high-growth economies and socially stable countries with low political risk. Second, we restrict our analysis to privatized firms that foreign investors actually choose and show that the stakes foreigners hold are larger if the firms are privatized by private sales as opposed to public offerings. 2007 The Southern Finance Association and the Southwestern Finance Association.

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  • Narjess Boubakri & Jean-Claude Cosset & Omrane Guedhami & Mohammed Omran, 2007. "Foreign Investor Participation In Privatizations: Does The Institutional Environment Matter?," Journal of Financial Research, Southern Finance Association;Southwestern Finance Association, vol. 30(1), pages 129-146.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfnres:v:30:y:2007:i:1:p:129-146
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    1. Chen, Ruiyuan & El Ghoul, Sadok & Guedhami, Omrane & Wang, He, 2017. "Do state and foreign ownership affect investment efficiency? Evidence from privatizations," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 42(C), pages 408-421.
    2. Guedhami, Omrane & Pittman, Jeffrey A. & Saffar, Walid, 2009. "Auditor choice in privatized firms: Empirical evidence on the role of state and foreign owners," Journal of Accounting and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 48(2-3), pages 151-171, December.
    3. Boubakri, Narjess & Bouslimi, Lobna, 2010. "Analyst following of privatized firms around the world: The role of institutions and ownership structure," The International Journal of Accounting, Elsevier, vol. 45(4), pages 413-442, December.
    4. Boubakri, Narjess & Cosset, Jean-Claude & Saffar, Walid, 2013. "The role of state and foreign owners in corporate risk-taking: Evidence from privatization," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 108(3), pages 641-658.
    5. Ben-Nasr, Hamdi, 2016. "State and foreign ownership and the value of working capital management," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 217-240.
    6. repec:eee:intfin:v:53:y:2018:i:c:p:139-157 is not listed on IDEAS
    7. Boubakri, Narjess & Guedhami, Omrane & Saffar, Walid, 2016. "Geographic location, foreign ownership, and cost of equity capital: Evidence from privatization," Journal of Corporate Finance, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 363-381.

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