Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions for Innovation Opportunities
59 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2013 Last revised: 30 Apr 2016
Date Written: June 20, 2013
We empirically examine if firms initiate cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As) to pursue overseas innovation opportunities. Our deal-level evidence suggests that innovative firms in low innovation countries are more likely to undertake cross-border deals and target innovative targets when doing so in comparison with innovative firms in high innovation countries. Moreover, we find that these cross-border M&As earn higher announcement stock returns from these deals when compared to domestic deals. Our empirical evidence suggests that the acquisition of innovation is an important and value-enhancing driver of cross-border takeovers.
Keywords: Innovation, mergers, acquisitions, cross-border
JEL Classification: G34
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