Do Mergers and Acquisitions Affect Information Asymmetry in the Banking Sector?
Networks Financial Institute working paper series 2017-WP-01
55 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2017 Last revised: 7 Aug 2018
Date Written: August 2018
We investigate the consequences of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) for information asymmetry in the banking sector. We test competing hypotheses about the effect of M&As on the information environment. M&As either increase information asymmetry (the opacity hypothesis) or diminishes it (the transparency hypothesis). We find evidence that information asymmetry increases following M&A announcements and decreases following deal completions. These findings are more pronounced for acquisitions involving a private target, and all-cash deals, as well as for mergers as opposed to acquisition of assets. Additionally, we find that the enactment of Dodd-Frank reduced the levels of information asymmetry. The results are important to regulators, policy makers, and investors.
Keywords: Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking, Information Asymmetry, Dodd-Frank, Transparency
JEL Classification: G34
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