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The Swiss Finance Institute at EPFL and the University of Lausanne organize joint research seminars in finance. The seminars attract speakers from academic institutions around the world and cover a variety of topics of interest to both academics and research-oriented professionals.

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Influencing Control: Jawboning Activist Arbitrage

Wei JIANG (Columbia Business School)

March 17, 2017  -  10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

In an "activist risk arbitrage," a shareholder attempts to change the course of an announced M&A deal through public campaigns, and profits from improved terms. Compared to conventional (passive) risk arbitrageurs, activists target deals susceptible to managerial conflicts of interest (e.g., going-private and "friendly" deals) and deals with lower announcement premiums. Their presence increases the sensitivity of deal completion to market signals. While they block a significant proportion of planned deals, activist arbitrageurs only modestly decrease the probability that the targets will eventually be acquired (including by a third party). Finally, the strategy yields significantly higher returns than passive arbitrage.

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