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Shareholder Protection, Stock Markets and Cross-Border Mergers


  • Frederick S. Ahiabor
  • Gregory A. James
  • Frank O. Kwabi
  • Mathias M. Siems
  • Centre for Business Research


This paper is the first one that uses a panel data of different types of shareholder protection in order to examine (i) the effect of such laws on stock market development and (ii) the convergence of shareholder protection laws through cross-border mergers and acquisitions. We find significant results for enabling laws but less so for paternalistic ones.

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  • Frederick S. Ahiabor & Gregory A. James & Frank O. Kwabi & Mathias M. Siems & Centre for Business Research, 2018. "Shareholder Protection, Stock Markets and Cross-Border Mergers," Working Papers wp509, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.
  • Handle: RePEc:cbr:cbrwps:wp509

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    Law and finance; shareholder protection; corporate governance; corporate finance;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • K22 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Business and Securities Law
    • N20 - Economic History - - Financial Markets and Institutions - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • O16 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Financial Markets; Saving and Capital Investment; Corporate Finance and Governance
    • P50 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - General

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