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Bilateral M&A activity from the Global South


  • Dailami, Mansoor
  • Kurlat, Sergio
  • Lim, Jamus Jerome


This paper studies the factors associated with outbound bilateral mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity by firms located in emerging economies. We document recent trends in emerging market M&A flows, which have risen dramatically over the past decade, and explore the factors that may have contributed to this rise. We find distinct patterns for M&A deals according to whether the acquisition targets are in other emerging economies or advanced countries, and that these differences can be attributed to differing theoretical motivations behind foreign direct investment. We also consider the implications of our model for future M&A originating in the Global South, in light of the global financial crisis of 2008.

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  • Dailami, Mansoor & Kurlat, Sergio & Lim, Jamus Jerome, 2012. "Bilateral M&A activity from the Global South," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 23(3), pages 345-364.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecofin:v:23:y:2012:i:3:p:345-364
    DOI: 10.1016/j.najef.2012.03.006

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    Mergers and acquisitions; South-South capital flows;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions


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