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Optimal takeover contests with toeholds

  • Gino Loyola


This paper characterizes how a target firm should be sold when the possible buyers (bidders) have prior stakes in its ownership (toeholds). We find that the optimal mechanism needs to be implemented by a non-standard auction which imposes a bias against bidders with high toeholds. This discriminatory procedure is such that the target´s average sale price is increasing in both the size of the common toehold and the degree of asymmetry in these stakes. It is also shown that a simple mechanism of sequential negotiation replicates the main properties of the optimal procedure and yields a higher average selling price than the standard auctions commonly used in takeover battles.

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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía in its series Economics Working Papers with number we083217.

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Date of creation: Feb 2008
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Handle: RePEc:cte:werepe:we083217
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