Who Disciplines Management in Poorly Performing Companies?

Mayer, Colin, Franks, Julian and Renneboog, Luc (2001) Who Disciplines Management in Poorly Performing Companies? Journal of Financial Intermediation, 10 (3/4). pp. 209-248.


Economic theory points to five parties disciplining management of poorly performing firms: holders of large share blocks, acquirers of new blocks, bidders in takeovers, nonexecutive directors, and investors during periods of financial distress. This paper reports the first comparative evaluation of the role of these different parties in disciplining management. We find that, in the United Kingdom, most parties, including holders of substantial share blocks, exert little disciplining and that some, for example, inside holders of share blocks and boards dominated by nonexecutive directors, actually impede it. Bidders replace a high proportion of management of companies acquired in takeovers but do not target poorly performing management. In contrast, during periods of financial constraints prompting distressed rights issues and capital restructuring, investors focus control on poorly performing companies. These results stand in contrast to the United States, where there is little evidence of a role for new equity issues but nonexecutive directors and acquirers of share blocks perform a disciplinary function. The different governance outcomes are attributed to differences in minority investor protection in two countries with supposedly similar common law systems.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Board turnover; Control; Corporate governance; Regulation; Restructuring; finance
Subject(s): Finance
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2012 20:13
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 15:16
Funders: N/A
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/2564

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