Winning Megadeals: The Dual Role of Acquirer Advisors in Loan-Financed Mergers and Acquisitions
62 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2021 Last revised: 20 Dec 2021
Date Written: June 6, 2021
Acquirer advisors now often arrange syndicated loans financing merger and acquisition deals they advise on. This paper shows that such an advisor-lender dual role facilitates valuable big-ticket deals. There is a positive announcement effect for the acquirer which also shows no systematic post-deal underperformance—dispelling concerns about the advisor abetting managerial empire building. But advisor-led syndicated loans, despite being larger in size, have higher loan spreads than those led by non-advisors. Advisors apparently have an information advantage but rent extraction is unlikely. The higher charges are justifiable in view of the significantly lower post-deal creditworthiness of dual-role bidders. Advisor-lender’s superior information about adverse changes in the credit risk is rationally priced into the dual-role interest rate premium.
Keywords: M&A, Advisor, Lead arranger, Loan pricing, Dual-role premium
JEL Classification: G14, G23, G24, G34
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