Succession: The Roles of Specialized Assets and Transfer Costs

37 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2008

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Joseph P. H. Fan

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - School of Accountancy

Ming Jian

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Yin-Hua Yeh

Fu-Jen Catholic University - Department of International Trade and Finance

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Date Written: February 2008

Abstract

This paper reports an average negative 56 percent buy-and-hold market-adjusted stock return of emerging market entrepreneurial/family firms during a 5-year period in which their controlling owners pass on ownership and control to their successors. The value destruction is importantly attributable to the difficulties in partitioning and transferring specialized assets across individuals and/or firm boundaries, including intangible assets such as relationships with employees and banks, or assets jointly controlled by family members and/or co-founders. The existence of these specialized assets also explains why firm ownership is concentrated and why heirs or close relatives are chosen as successors in most of the succession events. During and after the successions, the firms and successors more subject to stakeholder conflicts and credibility losses are more likely to improve their corporate governance quality and dividend payouts.

Keywords: Succession, Family Firm, Ownership Structure

JEL Classification: G32, L21, M13

Suggested Citation

Fan, Po Hung Joseph P. H. and Jian, Ming and Yeh, Yin Hua, Succession: The Roles of Specialized Assets and Transfer Costs (February 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1101405 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1101405

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