Legal Investor Protection and Takeovers

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Mike Burkart

Swedish House of Finance; London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Finance; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Denis Gromb

HEC Paris

Holger M. Mueller

New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Fausto Panunzi

Bocconi University - Department of Economics; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: July 3, 2013

Abstract

This paper examines the role of legal investor protection for the efficiency of the market for corporate control when bidders are financially constrained. In the model, stronger legal investor protection increases bidders’ outside funding capacity. However, absent effective bidding competition, this does not improve efficiency, as the bid price – and thus the bidder’s need for funds increases one-for-one with his pledgeable income. In contrast, under effective competition for the target, the increased outside funding capacity improves efficiency by making it less likely that more efficient but less wealthy bidders are outbid by less efficient but wealthier rivals.

Keywords: Takeovers, Financial Constraints, Legal Investor Protection

JEL Classification: G34

Suggested Citation

Burkart, Mike C. and Gromb, Denis and Mueller, Holger M. and Panunzi, Fausto, Legal Investor Protection and Takeovers (July 3, 2013). Journal of Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2289217

Mike C. Burkart

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