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Devising a non-standard convertible zero-coupon bond to enhance corporate governance


  • Rodolfo Apreda


This research paper brings forward a non-standard convertible zero-coupon bond endowed with a set of distinctive features attached to it so as to strengthen the corporate governance of the issuer, namely that conversion actually takes place at maturity date only; that conversion is mandatory; it offers investors a pay-off function tailored to match the conversion; there is no call provision whatsoever; it is suitable for private or public placements; credit-risk rating is of the essence and, lastly, it requires from the company a track record statement on behalf of investors. Although this sort of bond actually provides the company with a powerful financing vehicle, we argue that it could also play a constructive role if it were used in compensation packages for rewarding both senior managers and the Board of Directors.

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  • Rodolfo Apreda, 2010. "Devising a non-standard convertible zero-coupon bond to enhance corporate governance," CEMA Working Papers: Serie Documentos de Trabajo. 421, Universidad del CEMA.
  • Handle: RePEc:cem:doctra:421

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    1. Rodolfo Apreda, 2002. "How corporate governance and globalization can run afoul of the law and good practices in business: The Enron's disgraceful affair," CEMA Working Papers: Serie Documentos de Trabajo. 225, Universidad del CEMA.
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    zero-coupon bond; convertible bond; corporate governance; covenants; compensation packages; track record statement;

    JEL classification:

    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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