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Foreign and Domestic Takeovers in Germany: Cherry-picking and Lemon-grabbing

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  • John P. Weche Geluebcke

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This study focuses on ex ante performance of domestic and foreign takeover targets in Germany, one of the most important FDI infl ow destinations worldwide. Using a new database from German offcial statistics, unconditional comparisons as well as binary response model estimations of takeover probabilities were performed for the manufacturing and service sector separately. The results showed a diametrically opposing impact of productivity and profitability on the takeover likelihood. This offers a conciliation of two supposedly opponent hypotheses, known as 'cherry-picking' and 'lemon-grabbing'. The results advocate assumptions of asset-exploiting and information asymmetries in favor of domestic investors but differ only marginally between foreign and domestic targets.

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  • John P. Weche Geluebcke, 2012. "Foreign and Domestic Takeovers in Germany: Cherry-picking and Lemon-grabbing," Working Paper Series in Economics 240, University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics.
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    1. John P. Weche Geluebcke, 2012. "Foreign and Domestic Takeovers in Germany: First Comparative Evidence on the Post-acquisition Target Performance using new Data," Working Paper Series in Economics 249, University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics.
    2. Claudia Steinwender, 2015. "The Roles of Import Competition and Export Opportunities for Technical Change," CEP Discussion Papers dp1334, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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    4. Steinwender, Claudia, 2015. "The roles of import competition and export opportunities for technical change," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 61154, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    6. Chiara Bentivogli & Litterio Mirenda, 2016. "Foreign ownership and performance: evidence from a panel of Italian firms," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 1085, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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    Keywords

    Foreign ownership; Germany; acquisition; firm performance; services; inward FDI; multinational firms; productivity;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • 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

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