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Insolvency Resolution and the Missing High-Yield Bond Markets

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  • Bo Becker
  • Jens Josephson

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In many countries, poorly functioning bankruptcy procedures force viable but insolvent firms to restructure out of court, where banks may have a bargaining advantage over other creditors. We model the choice of restructuring process and derive implications for the corporate mix of bank and bond financing. Empirical patterns match the model: inefficient bankruptcy in a country is associated with less bond issuance by risky, but not by safe, borrowers. This pattern holds for both levels of and changes in bankruptcy recovery. Our results establish a link between bankruptcy reform and corporate bond markets, especially high-yield markets.Received September 29, 2014; accepted February 1, 2016 by Editor David Denis.

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  • Bo Becker & Jens Josephson, 2016. "Insolvency Resolution and the Missing High-Yield Bond Markets," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 29(10), pages 2814-2849.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:rfinst:v:29:y:2016:i:10:p:2814-2849.
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    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation

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