The Role of Auditors in Merger and Acquisition Completion Time

15 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2018

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Salim Chahine

American University of Beirut - Olayan School of Business

Iftekhar Hasan

Fordham University - Gabelli School of Business; Bank of Finland

Mohamad Mazboudi

American University of Beirut

Date Written: November 2018

Abstract

Using a sample of 664 merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions and office‐level audit data, this study investigates the role of auditors in M&A completion time. We find that having a common auditor for both acquirer and target firms in M&A transactions increases the completion time of such transactions because the exposure to higher litigation and reputational costs outweighs the information‐access advantage of common auditors. However, auditors' past experience in M&A transactions helps reduce completion time and costs. These results are robust to having Big N auditors at both ends as well as to various acquirer, target, and deal characteristics.

Keywords: Auditors, auditor experience, common auditors, completion time, mergers & acquisitions

Suggested Citation

Chahine, Salim and Hasan, Iftekhar and Mazboudi, Mohamad, The Role of Auditors in Merger and Acquisition Completion Time (November 2018). International Journal of Auditing, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 568-582, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3271243 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijau.12142

Salim Chahine (Contact Author)

American University of Beirut - Olayan School of Business ( email )

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Beirut 1107 2020
Lebanon
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Iftekhar Hasan

Fordham University - Gabelli School of Business ( email )

Rose Hill Campus Bronx
New York, NY 10458
United States

Bank of Finland ( email )

P.O. Box 160
Helsinki 00101
Finland

Mohamad Mazboudi

American University of Beirut ( email )

Olayan School of Business
PO Box 11-0236 Riad El Solh
Beirut
Lebanon
(961)1350000 (Phone)

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