The Risk and Return of Arbitrage in Dual-Listed Companies

Posted: 18 Aug 2009

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Abe de Jong

Monash University; University of Groningen; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Leonard Rosenthal

Bentley University - Department of Finance

Mathijs A. van Dijk

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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Date Written: July 2009


This paper evaluates investment strategies that exploit the deviations from theoretical price parity in a sample of 12 dual-listed companies (DLCs) in the period 1980-2002. We show that simple trading rules produce abnormal returns of up to almost 10% per annum adjusted for systematic risk, transaction costs, and margin requirements. However, arbitrageurs face uncertainty about the horizon at which prices will converge and deviations from parity are very volatile. As a result, DLC arbitrage is characterized by substantial idiosyncratic return volatility and a high incidence of large negative returns, which are likely to impede arbitrage.

Keywords: F30, G14, G15

Suggested Citation

de Jong, Abe and Rosenthal, Leonard and van Dijk, Mathijs A., The Risk and Return of Arbitrage in Dual-Listed Companies (July 2009). Review of Finance, Vol. 13, Issue 3, pp. 495-520, 2009, Available at SSRN: or

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