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Share repurchase regulations: do firms play by the rules?

Edith Ginglinger and Jacques Hamon
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Jacques Hamon: DRM - Dauphine Recherches en Management - Université Paris Dauphine-PSL - PSL - Université Paris Sciences et Lettres - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Abstract: Open market share repurchases are strictly regulated to prevent companies from profiting from insider information. We examine compliance with these rules in France, where the mandatory disclosure of share repurchases provides detailed information on repurchases actually undertaken. Using a database containing 36,848 repurchases made by 352 French firms over the period 2000-2002, we show that very few firms fully comply with the regulations for all their buybacks. Non-compliance has an adverse effect on liquidity only for the smallest and least liquid firms.

Keywords: open market share repurchases; insider trading; regulations; liquidity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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Published in International Review of Law and Economics, 2009, 29, pp.81-96. ⟨10.1016/j.irle.2008.12.002⟩

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DOI: 10.1016/j.irle.2008.12.002

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