RSFAS Seminar Series – Professor Farzad Saidi

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Speaker: Professor Farzad Saidi

Institution: University of Bonn

Date and Time: 17:00-18:00, Tuesday 17 May 2022

Title: Information Transmission between Banks and the Market for Corporate Control

Abstract: This paper provides evidence of deliberate private-information disclosure within banks’ business networks. Using supervisory trade-level data, we show that banks with closer ties to a target advisor in a takeover buy more stocks of the target firm prior to the deal announcement, enabling them to benefit from the positive announcement return. We do not find such effects for bank connections to acquirer advisors or for trades in acquirer stocks. Target advisors benefit from leaking information about takeover bids to connected banks as it drives up the final offer price without compromising the probability of bid success.

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