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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.

List of next sessions

September 8, 2017 Stefan NAGEL (University of Chicago, Booth School of Business)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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September 22, 2017 Ashwini AGRAWAL (London School of Economics)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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September 29, 2017 Christopher HENNESSY (London Business School)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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October 6, 2017 Lu ZHANG (The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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October 27, 2017 Francesca CORNELLI (London Business School)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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November 10, 2017 Jessica JEFFERS (University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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November 17, 2017 Gerard HOBERG (University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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January 12, 2018 Benjamin HEBERT (Stanford University, Graduate School of Business)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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March 2, 2018 Michael SCHWERT (The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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March 16, 2018 Amiyatosh PURNANANDA (University of Michigan, Ross School of Business)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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April 20, 2018 Igor MAKAROV (London School of Economics)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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April 27, 2018 Nadya MALENKO (Boston College, Carroll School of Management)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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May 18, 2018 Frederico BELO (University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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May 25, 2018 Andrew ABEL (University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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June 1er, 2018 Monika PIAZZESI (Stanford University, Department of Economics)
10:30-12:00, room Extranef 126

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