The Role of Boutique Financial Advisors in Mergers and Acquisitions

Posted: 6 Nov 2019

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Anna Loyeung

University of Technology, Sydney - School of Accounting; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Date Written: October 5, 2018

Abstract

This study examines the choice of boutique financial advisors in mergers and acquisitions, and the consequences of this choice on deal outcomes and post-acquisition performance. Boutique advisors often specialize in a particular industry and focus exclusively on providing advice in mergers and acquisitions. The results suggest that boutique financial advisors are preferred when the deal is considered complex and when information asymmetry is high. The study finds that the benefits of hiring a boutique advisor flow to both the acquirers and the target firms. Acquiring firms benefit in terms of improved post-merger performance, while target firms benefit in terms of higher completion of value-enhancing deals and positive cumulative abnormal returns. Overall, these results provide support for the growing popularity of boutique financial advisors in the Australian market.

Keywords: boutique, financial advisor, industry expertise, mergers and acquisition, specialization

JEL Classification: G24, G34

Suggested Citation

Loyeung, Anna, The Role of Boutique Financial Advisors in Mergers and Acquisitions (October 5, 2018). Australian Journal of Management, Vol. 44, No. 2, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3364316

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