Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

3-20-2017

Publisher

Wiley

Source Publication

Journal of Financial Research

Source ISSN

0270-2592

Abstract

We study the influence of country expertise of investment banks in facilitating cross‐border merger deals by analyzing a large international sample of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals. We provide evidence that the geographical proximity, cultural affinity, and local experience of investment banks advising bidding firms on cross‐border M&A deals significantly increase the probability of completion of the deal, significantly decrease the time required to complete the deal, and significantly increase the operating performance of the acquiring firm after the deal. Our results are robust to firm, deal, country‐specific factors, and endogeneity concerns.

Comments

Accepted version. Journal of Financial Research, Vol. 40, No. 1 (Spring 2017): 81-112. DOI. © 2017 The Southern Finance Association and the Southwestern Finance Association. Used with permission.

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