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Corporate governance and IPO underpricing: evidence from the italian market

Emanuele Teti () and Ilaria Montefusco
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Emanuele Teti: Università Di Pisa
Ilaria Montefusco: Bocconi University

Journal of Management & Governance, 2022, vol. 26, issue 3, No 7, 889 pages

Abstract: Abstract This paper aims to analyse the impact of firms’ corporate governance characteristics on the degree of first-day returns (i.e., underpricing) in the Italian initial public offering (IPO) market. In particular, this work investigates the impacts of the characteristics of boards of directors (BoDs) and ownership structure on the underpricing of newly offered shares. By studying a sample of 128 Italian IPOs between 2000 and 2016, it is concluded that corporate governance characteristics affect the degree of first-day returns following a company’s IPO. More specifically, the size of the BoD negatively affects underpricing, while the ownership of institutional investors and board members has a positive effect on the degree of underpricing. Conversely, no significant evidence is found with regard to board independence, the number of female directors in the boardroom, the implementation of stock option plans and ownership concentration.

Keywords: Corporate governance; Ipos; Returns; Board of directors; Ownerhsip structure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s10997-021-09563-z

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