The Value of Big N Target Auditors in Corporate Takeovers

45 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2009 Last revised: 29 Jul 2014

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Yuan Xie

Fordham University

Han Yi

Korea University

Yinqi Zhang

American University

Date Written: January 23, 2013


Using a large sample between 1987 and 2006, we document that firms with Big N auditors are; 1) more likely to become M&A targets, and 2) more likely to be ultimately acquired in M&A deals. Cross-sectional analyses further suggest that the effects of Big N target auditors on the likelihood of becoming targets and on deal completion rates are more pronounced for firms with low accruals quality (our proxy for high information risk). Overall, the results emphasize the important role that Big N target auditors play in facilitating M&A transactions.

Keywords: M&A Targets, Big N Auditor, Mergers and Acquisitions

JEL Classification: M41

Suggested Citation

Xie, Yuan and Yi, Han and Zhang, Yinqi, The Value of Big N Target Auditors in Corporate Takeovers (January 23, 2013). Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Vol. 32, No. 3, 2013, Available at SSRN: or

Yuan Xie

Fordham University ( email )

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Han Yi (Contact Author)

Korea University ( email )

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Yinqi Zhang

American University ( email )

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Washington, DC 20016
United States

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