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Does ownership structure matter in explaining derivatives' use policy in French listed firms


  • Sabri Boubaker
  • Salma Mefteh
  • Junaid M. Shaikh


The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of ownership structure on derivatives' use policy. Using data for 262 French non-financial listed firms, the results show that the two decisions of whether to use derivatives or not and the extent of derivatives use are not affected by the same variables. CEO ownership has a negative effect on the decision to use derivatives, whereas CEO tenure length influences negatively the extent of derivative use. CEO age impacts positively both decisions, whereas firms that grant stock options to their CEOs do not rely too much on derivatives. However, the presence of outside blockholders seems not to affect the firms' hedging policy.

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  • Sabri Boubaker & Salma Mefteh & Junaid M. Shaikh, 2010. "Does ownership structure matter in explaining derivatives' use policy in French listed firms," International Journal of Managerial and Financial Accounting, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 2(2), pages 196-212.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:injmfa:v:2:y:2010:i:2:p:196-212

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    derivatives; derivative use; corporate governance; CEO ownership; France; ownership structure; French listed firms; CEO tenure length; CEO age; stock options; hedging policy.;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects


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