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Outside Finance, Dominant Investors and Strategic Transparency

  • Enrico C. PEROTTI
  • Ernst-Ludwig VON THADDEN

This paper studies optimal financial contracts and product market competition under a strategic transparency decision. When firms seeking outside finance resort to actively monitored debt in order to commit against opportunistic behaviour, the dominant lender can influence corporate transparency. More transparency about a firm's competitive position has both strategic advantages and disadvantages: in general, transparency results in higher variability of profits and output. Thus lenders prefer less information dissemination, as this protects firms when in a weak competitive position, while equityholders prefer more disclosure to maximize profitability when in a strong position. We show that bank-controlled firms will be opaque, while shareholder- run firms prefer more transparency. In fact, we can predict a clustering of characteristics associated with bank dominance: opaqueness, low variability of profits, slightly reduced average profits, uncertainty about assets in place, and relatively high financing needs all should be observed jointly for bank controlled firms.

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Paper provided by Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP in its series Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) with number 01.02.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2001
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Publication status: Published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, vol. 38 (1), March 2003, pp. 61-85, under the title "Strategic Transparency and Informed Trading: Will Capital Market Integration Force Convergence of Corporate Govervance ?"
Handle: RePEc:lau:crdeep:01.02
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