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Intra-Industry Effects of Shareholder Activism in Germany - Is there a Difference between Hedge Fund and Private Equity Investments?


  • Mark Mietzner
  • Denis Schweizer
  • Marcel Tyrell


We investigate the valuation effects of industry rivals on german firms targeted by hedge funds and private equity investors. We argue that both types of investors differ from other blockholders due to their strong motivation and ability to actively engage and monitor. We find that the announcement of a change in ownership structure generates statistically significant short- and long-term intra-industry effects for rivals to the respective private equity and hedge fund targets. However, these effects differ markedly between hedge fund investments and private equity investments. We conclude that hedge funds are more aggressive than private equity investors in implementing a shareholder orientation.

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  • Mark Mietzner & Denis Schweizer & Marcel Tyrell, 2011. "Intra-Industry Effects of Shareholder Activism in Germany - Is there a Difference between Hedge Fund and Private Equity Investments?," Schmalenbach Business Review (sbr), LMU Munich School of Management, vol. 63(2), pages 151-185, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sbr:abstra:v:63:y:2011:i:2:p:151-185

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    Corporate Governance; Hedge Fund; Information Signaling; Intra-Industry Effects; Private Equity; Rivals; Shareholder Activism.;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • 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


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