Creditor Control Rights and Board Independence

104 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2012 Last revised: 11 Oct 2017

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Daniel Ferreira

London School of Economics - Department of Finance; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Miguel A. Ferreira

Nova School of Business and Economics; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Beatriz Mariano

Humboldt University of Berlin - Institute of Finance

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Date Written: October 2017

Abstract

We find that the number of independent directors on corporate boards increases by approximately 24% following financial covenant violations in credit agreements. Most of these new directors have links to creditors. Firms that appoint new directors after violations are more likely to issue new equity, and to decrease payout, operational risk and CEO cash compensation than firms without such appointments. We conclude that a firm's board composition, governance, and policies are shaped by current and past credit agreements.

Keywords: Corporate boards, Corporate governance, Covenant violations

JEL Classification: G21, G32, G33, G34

Suggested Citation

Ferreira, Daniel and Ferreira, Miguel Almeida and Mariano, Beatriz, Creditor Control Rights and Board Independence (October 2017). Journal of Finance, Forthcoming; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) - Finance Working Paper No. 443/2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2021522 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2021522

Daniel Ferreira

London School of Economics - Department of Finance ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

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Miguel Almeida Ferreira (Contact Author)

Nova School of Business and Economics ( email )

Campus de Campolide
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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) ( email )

c/o ECARES ULB CP 114
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Belgium

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Beatriz Mariano

Humboldt University of Berlin - Institute of Finance ( email )

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Berlin, 10099
Germany

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