Private equity is a source of finance and a governance device characterised by active monitoring through sponsors that intervene in targets’ corporate governance. As sponsors are skilled and motivated acquirors, we investigated whether corporate governance mechanisms mitigate leveraged targets’ risk of financial distress differently compared to non-acquired companies through the lenses of agency theory and resource-based theories. We found that targets and non-acquired companies are not significantly different in terms of corporate governance features, but sponsors are skilled enough to choose corporate governance members to mitigate risk more, especially when boards are smaller, have busier industry expert directors, and mandate execution to more managers. These results can be useful to targets, targets’ investors and lenders, and policymakers.

Marini, V., Caratelli, M., Stella, G.P., & Barbaraci, I. (2021). Is corporate governance of private equity targets more effective for risk mitigation?. THE JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE, 1-31 [10.1007/s10997-021-09571-z].

Is corporate governance of private equity targets more effective for risk mitigation?

Vladimiro Marini;Massimo Caratelli;
2021

Abstract

Private equity is a source of finance and a governance device characterised by active monitoring through sponsors that intervene in targets’ corporate governance. As sponsors are skilled and motivated acquirors, we investigated whether corporate governance mechanisms mitigate leveraged targets’ risk of financial distress differently compared to non-acquired companies through the lenses of agency theory and resource-based theories. We found that targets and non-acquired companies are not significantly different in terms of corporate governance features, but sponsors are skilled enough to choose corporate governance members to mitigate risk more, especially when boards are smaller, have busier industry expert directors, and mandate execution to more managers. These results can be useful to targets, targets’ investors and lenders, and policymakers.
Marini, V., Caratelli, M., Stella, G.P., & Barbaraci, I. (2021). Is corporate governance of private equity targets more effective for risk mitigation?. THE JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE, 1-31 [10.1007/s10997-021-09571-z].
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