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Shareholder Protection and Outside Blockholders: Substitutes or Complements?

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  • Sergey Stepanov

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This paper joins the literature examining connections between legal protection of shareholders and finance. Driven by the need to attract funds a manager tries to reduce agency costs by selling a fraction of equity to a large investor (the outside blockholder). Monitoring by the blockholder can serve as a commitment device limiting inefficient private benefits extraction. However, the threat of collusion between the blockholder and the manager hampers raising funds from dispersed shareholders. We examine how the manager’s choice of the ownership structure is affected by the legal protection of shareholders. Our main finding is that, contrary to the widespread view, there can be a U-shape dependence of the outside ownership concentration on the quality of shareholder protection. At the same time our result on the total ownership concentration is consistent with recent research.

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  • Sergey Stepanov, 2009. "Shareholder Protection and Outside Blockholders: Substitutes or Complements?," Working Papers w0133, Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR).
  • Handle: RePEc:cfr:cefirw:w0133
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    1. Sergey Stepanov, 2010. "Shareholder access to manager-biased courts and the monitoring/litigation trade-off," RAND Journal of Economics, RAND Corporation, vol. 41(2), pages 270-300.
    2. Stepanov, Sergey & Suvorov, Anton, 2017. "Agency problem and ownership structure: Outside blockholder as a signal," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 133(C), pages 87-107.
    3. Adongo, Jonathan O., 2017. "Legal jurisdiction, director liability law, and venture capitalists’ equity stakes in Africa," Research in International Business and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 78-93.

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    Keywords

    Corporate governance; shareholder protection; blockholder monitoring; collusion; ownership structure;

    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

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