Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/57889
Authors: 
Braun, Thorsten V.
Krispin, Sebastian
Lehmann, Erik E.
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
UO Working Paper Series 03-10
Abstract: 
Although acquisitions of high tech entrepreneurial firms are of great popularity, the limited empirical evidence shows that these acquisitions often lead to dismal results in that a large number of acquired inventors leave the company after the acquisition and those that remain exhibit poor performance. This study tries to explain this phenomenon and adds additional empirical results and explanations which are based on the seminal work of Grossman, Hart, and Moore. Using a hand collected dataset of all German IPOs from 1997 until 2006 we show that the takeover probability of young and high tech firms significantly decreases with the amount of patents as a measure of intangible and complementary assets owned by the owner-manager.
Subjects: 
ownership structure
property rights
mergers & acquisitions
JEL: 
G32
D23
G34
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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