Cross-Country Determinants of Mergers and Acquisitions

Stefano Rossi, Paolo F. Volpin
2003 Social Science Research Network  
We study the determinants of mergers and acquisitions around the world by focusing on differences in laws and regulation across countries. We find that the volume of M&A activity is significantly larger in countries with better accounting standards and stronger shareholder protection. The probability of an all-cash bid decreases with the level of shareholder protection in the acquirer country. In cross-border deals targets are typically from countries with poorer investor protection than
more » ... tection than acquirers, suggesting that cross-border transactions play a governance role by improving the degree of investor protection within target firms. JEL classification: G21, G28, G32
doi:10.2139/ssrn.395020 fatcat:dmcyg5lg4zccllpwmzmk7d6c74