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Sovereign Wealth Fund Investment in the Shadow of Regulation and Politics


Paul Rose


Ohio State University - Moritz College of Law

April 13, 2009

Georgetown Journal of International Law, Vol. 40, No. 4, 2009

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This essay, prepared for the Georgetown Journal of International Law's 2009 symposium on sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), considers SWF investment from a novel perspective: How do the external forces acting on sovereign wealth funds and target firms, such as recipient country public sentiment and regulatory burdens, affect SWF dealmaking, and how do recipient country preferences compare with target firm preferences with respect to investor selection‘ Target firms are sensitive to the transaction costs associated with SWF investment, and will structure transactions in a way that matches up with recipient country ideals in order to avoid higher transaction costs. After reviewing several high-profile transactions, I conclude that target firms and SWFs will also attempt to reduce transaction costs through public disclosure. This disclosure has two functions. First, it eases public concern about SWF investment (which as a result will ease pressure on regulators that have approved the transaction). Second, it conditions the market for future transactions, which may reduce transaction costs for transactions with other SWFs and for subsequent investments by the same SWF.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 33

Keywords: Sovereign Wealth Funds

JEL Classification: K22, K33

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Rose, Paul, Sovereign Wealth Fund Investment in the Shadow of Regulation and Politics (April 13, 2009). Georgetown Journal of International Law, Vol. 40, No. 4, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1561986

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Ohio State University - Moritz College of Law ( email )
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Columbus, OH 43210
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