Target Company Cross-border Effects in Acquisitions into the UK

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We analyse the abnormal returns to target shareholders in cross-border and
domestic acquisitions of UK companies. The cross-border effect during the bid
month is small (0.84%), although cross-border targets gain significantly more
than domestic targets during the months surrounding the bid. We find no evidence
for the level of abnormal returns in cross-border acquisitions to be associated with
market access or exchange rate effects, and only limited support for an international
diversification effect. However, the cross-border effect appears to be
associated with significant payment effects, and there is no significant residual
cross-border effect once various bid characteristics are controlled for.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83–108
JournalEuropean Financial Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Shareholder Returns
  • Cross-Border
  • Differential Wealth Effects


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