How does law affect finance? An examination of equity tunneling in Bulgaria

Vladimir Atanasov*, Bernard Black, Conrad Ciccotello, Stanley Gyoshev

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    Abstract

    We model and test the mechanisms through which law affects tunneling and tunneling affects firm valuation. In 2002, Bulgaria adopted legal changes which limit equity tunneling through dilutive equity offerings and freezeouts. Following the changes, minority shareholders participate equally in equity offerings, where before they suffered severe dilution; freezeout offer price ratios quadruple; and Tobin's q rises sharply for firms at high risk of tunneling. The paper shows the importance of legal rules in limiting equity tunneling, the role of equity tunneling risk as a factor in determining equity prices, and substitution by controlling shareholders between different forms of tunneling.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)155-173
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Financial Economics
    Volume96
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 2010

    Keywords

    • Controlling shareholder
    • Dilution
    • Emerging markets
    • Equity tunneling
    • Freezeout
    • Preemptive rights
    • Securities law

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Strategy and Management

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