Outside Finance, Dominant Investors and Strategic Transparency

40 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2001

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Enrico C. Perotti

University of Amsterdam - Finance Group; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden

Universitaet Mannheim; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Date Written: March 2001


This Paper studies the incentives for transparency under different forms of corporate governance in a context of product market competition. This Paper endogenizes the governance and financial structure of firms and determines a strategic decision on the degree of transparency in a context of product market competition. When firms seeking outside finance resort to actively monitored debt in order to commit against opportunistic behaviour, the dominant lender can influence corporate transparency. More transparency about a firm's competitive position has both strategic advantages and disadvantages: in general, transparency results in higher variability of profits and output. Thus lenders prefer less information dissemination, as this protects firms when in a weak competitive position, while equityholders prefer more disclosure to maximize profitability when in a strong position. We show that bank-controlled firms will be opaque, while shareholder-run firms prefer more transparency. We can predict a clustering of attributes: bank dominance, established firms with valuable investment, but also significant assets in place, opaqueness, low variability of profits, somewhat lower average profits, and a reversed pattern for equity-controlled firms. Finally, bank control may fail to keep firms less transparent as global trading volumes rise.

Keywords: Adverse selection, banking, capital structure, corporate governance, disclosure, imperfect competition, transparency

JEL Classification: D43, G21, G32, G34

Suggested Citation

Perotti, Enrico C. and von Thadden, Ernst-Ludwig, Outside Finance, Dominant Investors and Strategic Transparency (March 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=266644

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Ernst-Ludwig Von Thadden

Universitaet Mannheim ( email )

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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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