Martin Holmen

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We analyze how legal rules affect a firm’s decisions to go public, design of securities and initial ownership structure. By extensively using dual-class shares, Swedish IPOs are primarily privately controlled firms that owners take public to maintain control, to raise new capital and to expand by stock financed acquisitions. 50% return for a seasoned equity(More)
  • Ettore Croci, Dimitris Petmezas, +5 authors David Pompilio
  • 2009
This paper examines, using a global M&A data set, the relationship between the target firm’s minority shareholders’ returns and a country’s stock market development in deals in which large shareholders increase their ownership stakes. For the purpose of this study, we use two measures of stock market development: (1) turnover over GDP, and (2) turnover over(More)
One potential reason for bubbles evolving prior to the financial crisis was excessive risk taking stemming from option-like incentive schemes in financial institutions. By running laboratory asset markets, we investigate the impact of option-like incentives on price formation and trading behavior. The main results are that (i) we observe significantly(More)
In this paper we test whether the determinant of a block trade and tender offer probabilities differ and whether the relative magnitude of the security and private benefits can explain the choice of transfer mode. We investigate the Swedish market for corporate control and use the wedge between cash flow rights and voting rights as a proxy for the(More)