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The Bank Financing of Small Unlisted Firms in the UK: An Analysis of Recent Conflicts

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  • Kevin Keasey

    (University of Leeds)

  • Robert Watson

    (University of Leeds)

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This paper examines the characteristics of UK small firm bank finance and the causes of the frequently strained relationship between small firms and banks in the UK. Debt, credit rationing, and call option problems under the UK system are examined. The bank’s solutions including the potentially harmful “secured overdraft system” are then considered. It is argued that the majority of solutions tried by the banking system led to a heightened conflict of interest between small firms and banks during the recent recession due to the banks’ loan restructuring to avoid unnecessary risk.

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  • Kevin Keasey & Robert Watson, 1995. "The Bank Financing of Small Unlisted Firms in the UK: An Analysis of Recent Conflicts," Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management, vol. 4(2), pages 143-163, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:pep:journl:v:4:y:1995:i:2:p:143-63
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    Keywords

    Financing; Bank Financing; Bank; Small Firms; Unlisted Firms; UK;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance

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