Multiple Large Shareholders and Firm Value
Posted: 14 Nov 2004
This paper investigates the effects of having multiple large shareholders on the valuation of firms. Using data on Finnish listed firms, we show, consistent with our model, that a more equal distribution of votes among large blockholders has a positive effect on firm value. This result is particularly strong in family-controlled firms suggesting that families (which typically have managerial or board representation) are more prone to private benefit extraction if they are not monitored by another strong blockholder. We also show that the relation between multiple blockholders and firm value is significantly affected by the identity of these blockholders.
Keywords: Corporate governance, Ownership structure, Multiple blockholders, Firm value
JEL Classification: G3, G32
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