Collusive Bidding in Hostile Takeovers

Preston R. McAfee, Daniel R. Vincent, Michael A. Williams, and Melanie Williams Havens , Journal of Economics and Management Strategy 2(4) , 449-482 , December 1993.

Bidders in hostile takeovers have colluded in five separate instances. It is found that these collusive agreements did not affect the target's price significantly. A model is developed to explain this observation. A welfare analysis indicates that a positive probability of cartel formation can be socially beneficial and may or may not be beneficial to the target's shareholders, depending on the process generating takeover attempts. This sheds light on the existing policy debate concerning regulations of collusive agreements. An analysis of the existing case law is provided, which indicates that such collusive arrangements are legal at present.

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