Overseas Acquisitions and the Impact of National Pride

In the context the proposed overseas acquisitions by Reliance Industries (of LyondellBasell Industries) and Bharti Airtel (of Zain), the M&A Law Prof Blawg has a interesting take on the impact of national pride generated through press attention on such deals. The Blog refers to a recent paper The Cost of Pride: Why Do Firms from Developing Countries Bid Higher?, which concludes that “firms from developing countries (versus those from developed countries) bid higher on average to acquire assets in developed countries”. The study finds correlation between the high prices of bids and the presence of “national pride” characteristics displayed by transactions.

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Umakanth Varottil

Umakanth Varottil is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He specializes in corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions and cross-border investments. Prior to his foray into academia, Umakanth was a partner at a pre-eminent law firm in India.

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