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Cross-Ownership and the Takeover Deterrence

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  • Nyberg, Sten

    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

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Firms having significant shareholdings in one another is not an unusual phenomenon in countries where the law admits such ownership arrangements, like Sweden and Japan. In this paper the role of cross-ownership as means for deterring takeovers is examined in the framework of a simple two-firm, two-period model with raiders, differing with respect to their valuation of a potential target, turning up randomly. The paper argues the following points: If cross-ownership increases managerial influence - the consequences for the shareholders depend on the probability that the firm would have received a tender offer in absence of cross-ownership and managers benefit from it up to a point but their gains are negatively related to the their ability to resist takeover attempts.

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  • Nyberg, Sten, 1989. "Cross-Ownership and the Takeover Deterrence," Working Paper Series 243, Research Institute of Industrial Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0243
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    Keywords

    International firm ownership; takeover deterence; manager independence;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • M54 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Labor Management

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