Banking Environment, Agency Costs, and Loan Syndication: A Cross-Country Analysis
LARGE Working Paper No. 2008-08
34 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2008
Date Written: 2008
Bank loan syndicate structure can be considered as an organizational response to agency problems stemming from the syndication process. The banking environment also influences the syndication process. We investigate how syndicate structure is influenced by the characteristics of the banking environment, such as banking market structure, financial development, banking regulation and supervision, and legal risk. The results of a cross-country analysis performed on a sample of 15,586 syndicated loan facilities from 24 countries over a period of 15 years confirm that syndicate structure is influenced by banking environments consistent with agency costs minimization and efficient re-contracting objectives.
Keywords: Banking environment, Agency costs, Loan syndication, Syndicate structure.
JEL Classification: C31, F30, G21, G32.
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