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Operations in offshore financial centers and loan syndicate structure

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  • Ge, Wenxia
  • Kim, Jeong-Bon
  • Li, Tiemei
  • Li, Yutao

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This study examines whether a firm’s subsidiary operations in offshore financial centers (OFCs) affect loan syndicate structure. We find that as borrowers engage more aggressively in operations in OFCs, lead lenders of a loan syndicate hold a larger percentage of loans to such firms and the number of lenders participating in a loan syndicate becomes smaller. This finding is robust to various robustness tests including propensity score matching analysis and quasi-natural experiment. Furthermore, we find that lead lender reputation and prior lending relationship with the borrower can attenuate the positive relation between OFC operations and loan syndicate concentration.

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  • Ge, Wenxia & Kim, Jeong-Bon & Li, Tiemei & Li, Yutao, 2018. "Operations in offshore financial centers and loan syndicate structure," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 157-180.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:empfin:v:45:y:2018:i:c:p:157-180
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jempfin.2017.11.002
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    Keywords

    Multi-national firms; Financial contracting; Offshore financial center; Information asymmetry; Loan syndicate structure;

    JEL classification:

    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • K22 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Business and Securities Law

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