The Geography of Block Acquisitions

  • Author(s): JUN‐KOO KANG, JIN‐MO KIM
  • Published: Nov 11, 2008
  • Pages: 2817-2858
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.2008.01414.x


Using a large sample of partial block acquisitions, we examine the importance of geographic proximity in corporate governance and target returns. We find that block acquirers have a strong preference for geographically proximate targets and acquirers that purchase shares in such targets are more likely to engage in post‐acquisition target governance activities than are remote block acquirers. Moreover, the targets of these acquirers realize higher announcement returns and better post‐acquisition operating performance than do targets of other types of acquirers, particularly when they face greater information asymmetries.

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