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Hedge Funds and Shareholder Wealth Gains in Leveraged Buyouts


Jiekun Huang


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Finance

March 16, 2010


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This paper examines the effect of hedge funds on target shareholder gains in leveraged buyouts (LBOs). I find that the buyout premium is increasing in the preannouncement presence of hedge funds, measured as the fraction of equity held by hedge funds in the target firm before the announcement. This effect is driven primarily by hedge funds with activism agendas. This effect is stronger for LBOs with management participation than for third-party LBOs, and is stronger for club deal LBOs than for solo-sponsored LBOs. Using a geographic instrument for the presence of hedge fund, I find that this relationship persists even after controlling for endogeneity. These findings indicate that hedge funds protect target shareholder interests in LBOs.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 44

Keywords: Hedge funds, private equity, leveraged buyouts (LBOs), takeovers, shareholder activism, manager-shareholder conflicts

JEL Classification: G23, G34, G14

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Date posted: March 19, 2008 ; Last revised: May 17, 2010

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Huang, Jiekun, Hedge Funds and Shareholder Wealth Gains in Leveraged Buyouts (March 16, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1086687 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1086687

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Finance ( email )
1206 South Sixth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
United States
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