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Target CEO age, ownership decisions, and takeover outcomes

Man Dang (), Darren Henry () and Viet Anh Duong Hoang

Research in International Business and Finance, 2017, vol. 42, issue C, 769-783

Abstract: This paper examines the effect of target CEO age, in association with target corporate governance mechanisms, on the ownership decisions and takeover outcomes in eight East and Southeast Asian countries. The results show that acquirers are more likely to select partial-control acquisitions of target firms managed by older CEOs, and that the impact of target CEO age on the partial-control acquisition propensity is much stronger in emerging markets relative to developed economies. The study further finds that target CEO age leads to a lower probability of obtaining desired equity ownership levels compared to unmatched ownership achievements, controlling for target corporate governance structures. The findings also run robustness checks regarding variations in the compulsory acquisition cut-off in the sample countries. Overall, this paper adds to the growing of mainstream corporate governance literature regarding the relevance of CEO personal characteristics in agency problems for corporate decisions.

Keywords: CEO age; Ownership choices in takeovers; Corporate governance; East and Southeast Asia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G32 G34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ribaf.2017.07.015

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