Repo Runs and the Bankruptcy Code
Jun Kyung Auh
Georgetown University - Department of Finance
Suresh M. Sundaresan
Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics
Columbia Business School Research Paper No. 13-8
When the bankruptcy code protects the creditors’ rights with no impairments to secured creditors, issuance of debt with exemption from automatic stay adds no value. When the Code admits violations of absolute priority rules or results in collateral impairments to secured creditors, the liability structure includes short-term debt, with safe harbor protection when the pledged collateral satisfies a minimum liquidity threshold. Safe harbor rights lead firms to issue more short-term debt, less long-term debt, and increases the long-term spreads. Using the 1984 reform of the Code, we offer empirical evidence consistent with the predictions of the model.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 59
Keywords: Run Risk, Safe Harbor Debt, Optimal Liability Structure, Capital Structure, Bankruptcy Code
JEL Classification: G12, G23
Date posted: February 14, 2013 ; Last revised: November 21, 2014
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