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Insider Trading, Option Exercises and Private Benefits of Control

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  • Peter Cziraki

    () (PhD candidate, Department of Finance, Tilburg University)

  • Prof. Dr. Luc Renneboog

    () (Department of Finance, Tilburg University)

  • Peter de Goeij

    () (Department of Finance, Tilburg University)

Abstract

We investigate patterns of abnormal stock performance around insider trades and option exercises on the Dutch market. Listed firms in the Netherlands have a long tradition of employing many anti-shareholder mechanisms limiting shareholders rights. Our results imply that insider transactions are more profitable at firms where shareholder rights are not restricted by antishareholder mechanisms. This finding goes against the monitoring hypothesis which states that more shareholder orientation and stronger blockholders would reduce the gains from insider trading. We show robust support for the substitution hypothesis as insiders of firms which effectively curtail shareholder rights enjoy valuable private benefits of control in lieu of engaging in insider trading to exploit their position.

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  • Peter Cziraki & Prof. Dr. Luc Renneboog & Peter de Goeij, 2010. "Insider Trading, Option Exercises and Private Benefits of Control," IEHAS Discussion Papers 1006, Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
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    1. Fidrmuc, Jana P. & Korczak, Adriana & Korczak, Piotr, 2013. "Why does shareholder protection matter for abnormal returns after reported insider purchases and sales?," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(6), pages 1915-1935.
    2. Chauhan, Yogesh & Kumar, K. Kiran & Chaturvedula, Chakrapani, 2016. "Information asymmetry and the information content of insider trades: Evidence from the Indian stock market," Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 65-79.

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    Keywords

    insider trading; management stock options; timing by insiders; corporate governance; antishareholder mechanisms; anti-takeover mechanisms;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects

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