Fairness Opinions: How Fair are They and What Can Be Done About it?

34 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2003 Last revised: 10 May 2009

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Lucian A. Bebchuk

Harvard Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Marcel Kahan

New York University School of Law; European Corporate Governance Institute

Abstract

Fairness opinions are a regular feature of every major corporate transaction. We analyze the conflict of interest problems that afflict fairness opinions and the extent to which courts should give weight to such opinions.

Keywords: Investment bankers, fairness opinions, takeovers, freezeouts, corporate governance, conflict of interest, professionals

JEL Classification: G24, G30, G34, K22

Suggested Citation

Bebchuk, Lucian A. and Kahan, Marcel, Fairness Opinions: How Fair are They and What Can Be Done About it?. Duke Law Journal, Vol. 27, pp. 27-53, 1989; Harvard Law and Economics Discussion Paper No. 50, 1988. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=478567 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.478567

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