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Cross-Country Determinants of Mergers and Acquisitions

Stefano Rossi () and Paolo Volpin

No 3889, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: This Paper studies the determinants of mergers and acquisitions around the world during the 1990s by focusing on differences in laws and regulation across countries. We find that the volume of M&A activity and the premium paid are significantly larger in countries with better investor protection. This result indicates that an active market for mergers and acquisitions is a more important component of the corporate governance regime of countries with better investor protection. We also show that in cross-border deals, the targets are typically from countries with poorer investor protection than the acquirers. Hence, cross-border transactions play a governance role by improving the degree of investor protection within target firms. This finding suggests that an increase in cross-border transactions may generate a worldwide convergence of corporate governance systems.

Keywords: corporate governance; investor protection; mergers and acquisitions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 G28 G32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2003-05
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