Corporate acquisitions in Australia: a binary analysis

Nigel Garrow, Guy Ford, Tom Valentine

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Mergers and acquisitions are often disadvantageous for shareholders in the acquiring firm, but value-enhancing for the acquired firm and the CEO of the acquirer. Best corporate governance practice proposes that the roles of Chairman and CEO should be performed by different people, yet there is very little analysis linking these separate roles with firm performance. This study, using binary analysis, finds a significant positive correlation between the period of joint tenure of a Chairman and CEO in the acquirer with M&A outcomes, and a significant negative correlation between CEO remuneration change and M&A outcomes. These findings have implications for investors and corporate governance practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-12
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of applied research in accounting and finance
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • mergers and acquisitions
  • CEO remuneration
  • tenure

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