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Investment banks advising takeover targets

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Should takeover target firms hire top-tier investment bank advisors? For a sample of mergers and acquisitions between publicly traded U.S. acquirers and targets, in deals in which targets hire top-tier banks, targets earn higher premiums and abnormal returns; the probability of stock payment is lower, especially when bidder stock is potentially overvalued; acquirers, however, do not necessarily earn lower abnormal returns, and combined returns are higher. Controlling for self-selection does not erode, but, in some cases even strengthens the results. The evidence suggests that top-tier investment banks advising targets benefit shareholders of client firms by making better deals, instead of simply bargaining against the acquirers. The findings shed light on the role of advisor incentives when linking advisor quality and shareholder wealth. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013

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  • Qingzhong Ma, 2013. "Investment banks advising takeover targets," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 37(3), pages 339-374, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jecfin:v:37:y:2013:i:3:p:339-374 DOI: 10.1007/s12197-011-9192-9
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    1. Chang, Xin & Shekhar, Chander & Tam, Lewis H.K. & Yao, Jiaquan, 2016. "The information role of advisors in mergers and acquisitions: Evidence from acquirers hiring targets’ ex-advisors," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 70(C), pages 247-264.

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    Keywords

    Merger; Acquisition; Investment Banking; Incentive; G34; G24;

    JEL classification:

    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage

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