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Ownership structure and minority expropriation: the case for multiple blockholders


  • María Gutiérrez
  • Josep A. Tribó
  • Beatriz Mariano


This article investigates minority expropriation in closely-held firms. Using a sample of Spanish firms for the period from 1996 to 2006, we find that firms that are more vulnerable to minority expropriation have blockholders controlling groups with aggregate equity stakes that are far removed from 50%, which is the point that maximizes the chances of expropriation. Moreover, performance improves when the controlling group's stake moves away from the region where expropriation is more likely -- the alignment effect -- and, if within this region, when the number of group members increases -- the bargaining effect .

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  • María Gutiérrez & Josep A. Tribó & Beatriz Mariano, 2012. "Ownership structure and minority expropriation: the case for multiple blockholders," Applied Financial Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(24), pages 2075-2083, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apfiec:v:22:y:2012:i:24:p:2075-2083
    DOI: 10.1080/09603107.2012.697119

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