Done Deal! Advisor impact on Pricing, Premia, Returns, and Deal Completion in M&A

C. Fuat J. Ecer, Stefan Trautmann

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Abstract

We study the role of financial advisors in M&A for different advisor engagement constellations. We observe positive effects of both target and acquirer advisors on deal completion and prices. The unexpected positive price effect of acquirer advisors is further supported by evidence for higher premia and lower announcement bidder returns. We establish causality of pricing effects using matching and instrumental-variable approaches, making use of the impact of Lehman’s collapse on former Lehman clients. We explain our findings in terms of governance: advisors’ and executives’ incentives form a potential source of value destruction.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherCentER, Center for Economic Research
Number of pages44
Volume2020-032
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2020-032

Keywords

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Financial Advisors
  • Transactions
  • governance

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