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Cambridge Finance Workshop - Raghavendra Rau

Cambridge Finance Workshop Series are usually held on Thursdays during term time. The workshops are an opportunity for those working in finance to present their latest results or papers.
When Feb 04, 2016
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Lecture Theatre 2 Cambridge Judge Business School
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Raghavendra Rau

Professor Rau is currently the Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Professor of Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School. He is also a past president of the European Finance Association, Head of the School's Finance & Accounting subject group, Director (Research) of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) and a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN).


Title: Are Serial Acquirers Born or Made


Serial acquirers conduct the vast majority of acquisitions in the U.S. We show that serial acquirers are not all alike. There is considerable heterogeneity in acquirer types, with four major types of acquirers common in the data – loners, occasional acquirers, sprinters, and marathoners. Importantly, these acquirers can be distinguished on an ex ante basis. Marathoners comprise the most efficient acquirers who learn from prior acquisitions. Peer effects and overvaluation matter for sprinters who acquire large numbers of targets in short intervals. Path dependency typically does not matter in making an acquirer a serial acquirer.


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