Why Don’t U.S. Issuers Demand European Fees for IPOs?

Abrahamson, Mark, Jenkinson, Tim and Jones, Howard (2011) Why Don’t U.S. Issuers Demand European Fees for IPOs? Journal of Finance, 66 (6). pp. 2055-2082.


We compare fees charged by investment banks for conducting IPOs in the U.S. and Europe. In recent years the “7% solution”, as documented by Chen and Ritter (2000), has become even more prevalent in the U.S., and is now the norm for IPOs raising up to $250m. The same banks dominate both markets but European IPO fees are roughly three percentage points lower, are much more variable, and have been falling. We review explanations for the gap in spreads and find the evidence consistent with strategic pricing. U.S. issuers could have saved over $1bn a year by paying European fees.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: IPOs, Investment Banks, Fees, Underpricing, Bookbuilding, finance
Subject(s): Finance
Private equity
Centre: Oxford Private Equity Institute
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2012 11:35
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2018 13:14
Funders: N/A
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/1369

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