Financing

Working Paper

28 May 2021

Legal Perception and Finance: The Case of IPO Firm Value

In this paper, we contribute to the literature on institutional determinants of IPO valuation. We introduce the concept of ‘legal signaling,’ which focuses on the perception of the quality of law and thus complements the existing...

Gerhard Schnyder | Anna Grosman | Kun Fu | Mathias Siems | Ruth V. Aguilera
19 September 2019

Be Careful What You Ask for: Fundraising Strategies in Equity Crowdfunding

We use equity crowdfunding data to ask how fundraising amounts can be explained by what entrepreneurs ask for, versus what investors want to invest. The analysis exploits unique features of crowdfunding where entrepreneurs not only...

Thomas Hellmann | Ilona Mostipan | Nir Vulkan
27 August 2019

Startups and Company Law: The Competitive Pressure of Delaware on Italy (and Europe?)

US corporate law and, in particular, Delaware law, which leaves ample room to freedom of contract, has been one of the reasons for the successful creation and financing of startups in Silicon Valley. We analyze the Italian attempt to...

Paolo Giudici | Peter Agstner
05 April 2019

Private Benefits and Corporate Investment and Financing Decisions: The Case of Corporate Philanthropy

We find that corporate giving represents a private benefit of control that distorts corporate investment and financing activity, consistent with free cash flow agency theory. Corporate giving discourages managers from pursuing...

Ronald Masulis | Syed Walid Reza
19 July 2018

Initial Coin Offerings: Financing Growth with Cryptocurrency Token Sales

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) are a significant innovation in entrepreneurial finance. The sale of a blockchain-based digital token associated with a specific platform or venture is a new financing instrument with some parallels to...

Sabrina T. Howell | Marina Niessner | David Yermack
16 August 2017

Why Do Family Business Groups Expand by Creating New Public Firms? The Role of Internal Capital Markets

We document a new channel through which a family business group's internal capital market supports its members. Using data from 44 countries, we provide evidence that groups use internal capital to incubate difficult-to-finance...

Ronald Masulis | Peter Kien Pham | Jason Zein
13 November 2019

Implicit Communication and Enforcement of Corporate Disclosure Regulation

The communication of non-public information in private meetings between corporate officials and financial analysts presents a distinctive regulatory challenge. One reason is that there typically is no record of what transpires in a...

Ashiq Ali | Jill Fisch | Hoyoun Kyung
17 December 2019

ESG Performance and Disclosure: A Cross-Country Analysis

We use a unique dataset to examine the link between ESG disclosure and quality through a cross-country comparison of disclosure requirements and stewardship codes. We find a strong relationship between the extent of ESG disclosure and...

Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes | Joseph McCahery | Paul C. Pudschedl

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