This paper examines the impact of blockholders on the corporate debt maturity structure within the framework of agency theory. Using a novel and hand-collected dataset in Australia, we find support for our hypothesis that debt maturity is a concave function of block equity ownership. Our findings contribute to empirical evidence on the monitoring effects of blockholders and the use of debt maturity to control for debt-equity and manager-equity conflicts.
- Agency costs
- Debt maturity