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Learning from your investors: can the geographical composition of institutional investors affect the chance of success in international M&A deals?

Faelten, A., Gietzmann, M. and Vitkova, V. (2013). Learning from your investors: can the geographical composition of institutional investors affect the chance of success in international M&A deals?. Journal of Management and Governance, 19(1), pp. 47-69. doi: 10.1007/s10997-013-9268-3

Abstract

We produce new evidence on whether management which is keen to make foreign acquisitions can benefit from consultation with information-intensive institutional investors who have expertise in the target foreign markets. This research suggests that, in such instances, management should recognise the benefit of effective two-way communication before embarking on such costly strategies. Consistent with theoretical literature, we propose that this can be explained by the fact that complex valuation information is dispersed among many economic agents and management may only have limited access to such data. This research shows that the likelihood of both cross-border deal completion and medium-term cross-border deal success through time depends upon management learning from and getting the support of key institutional investors with regional (foreign) expertise. The theoretical information economics model presented by Dye and Sridhar in 2002 states that the information flow between management and capital markets should be viewed as two way. This study offers empirical evidence in support of their theory. This study offers insights into the positive effect of establishing a proactive investor relations programme for the recruitment of dedicated foreign institutional investors before embarking on cross-border M&A. The results indicate that management should closely monitor the share register and identify those investors who are transient and those who are, in contrast, dedicated. Attention then needs to be directed to establishing effective communication with the dedicated investors with regional expertise.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10997-013-9268-3
Publisher Keywords: Cross-border M&A, Institutional investors, Investor relations, Financial geography
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Departments: Cass Business School > Finance
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/13750
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