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Bankruptcy Law and the Cost of Banking Finance

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  • Giacomo Rodano

    () (Bank of Italy)

  • Emanuele Tarantino

    () (University of Bologna)

  • Nicolas Serrano-Velarde

    () (Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation)

Abstract

Many theories study how firms'cost of funding depends on reorganization and liquidation in bankruptcy. However empirical evidence on this subject is scarce due to the difficulty in interpreting reforms that change different legal instruments at the same time. We take advantage of the timing of the 2005-2006 Italian bankruptcy law and combine it with a unique loan-level dataset. We find that the introduction of a reorganization procedure increased the interest rates on bank loans; the reform that made the liquidation procedure faster reduced firms' loan costs; and the presence of gains from creditor coordination reduced the cost of funding.

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  • Giacomo Rodano & Emanuele Tarantino & Nicolas Serrano-Velarde, 2012. "Bankruptcy Law and the Cost of Banking Finance," Working Papers 1218, Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation.
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    Keywords

    Default; Renegotiation; Bankruptcy Code.;
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    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation

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