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The value-added role of industry specialist advisors in M&As

Michael Graham, Terry S. Walter, Alfred Yawson and Huizhong Zhang

Journal of Banking & Finance, 2017, vol. 81, issue C, 81-104

Abstract: This paper examines the value-added role of industry specialist advisors in M&As. We find that compared to non-industry specialists, advisors specializing in the target industry help acquirers garner higher announcement returns. However, there is no significant difference in acquirer returns between advisors specializing in the acquirer industry and non-industry specialists. The choice of a specialist advisor in the target industry benefits acquirers most when there is significant information asymmetry surrounding the targets. Moreover, the bulk of value creation comes from small- to medium-sized financial advisors, rather than large, top-tier investment banks. Finally, our results suggest that advisors specializing in the target industry add value mainly through their ability to help acquirers purchase targets at a lower price.

Keywords: Industry specialist advisors; Acquirers; Abnormal returns; Cross-industry deal (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G14 G24 G34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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