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Does Cross-Listing in the US Foster Mergers and Acquisitions and Increase Target Shareholder Wealth?


  • Jean-Claude Cosset
  • Siham Meknassi


We examine the role of cross-listing in alleviating domestic market constraint and facilitating cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Cross-listing appears to strengthen the bargaining power of target firms, allowing them to extract higher takeover premiums relative to their non-cross-listed peers. Moreover, shareholders of Sarbanes-Oxley-compliant targets seem to benefit from a higher premium. We also find that cross-listed firms are more likely to be acquisition targets. This evidence is consistent with the idea that cross-listing increases firms’ attractiveness and visibility on the market for corporate control. Our results are robust to various specifications and to the self-selection bias arising from the decision to cross-list.

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  • Jean-Claude Cosset & Siham Meknassi, 2010. "Does Cross-Listing in the US Foster Mergers and Acquisitions and Increase Target Shareholder Wealth?," Cahiers de recherche 1023, CIRPEE.
  • Handle: RePEc:lvl:lacicr:1023

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    1. Rhodes-Kropf, Matthew & Robinson, David T. & Viswanathan, S., 2005. "Valuation waves and merger activity: The empirical evidence," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 77(3), pages 561-603, September.
    2. Matthew Rhodes-Kropf & S. Viswanathan, 2004. "Market Valuation and Merger Waves," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 59(6), pages 2685-2718, December.
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    Cross-listing; mergers & acquisitions; governance; Sarbanes-Oxley Act;

    JEL classification:

    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • K00 - Law and Economics - - General - - - General (including Data Sources and Description)

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