The speed with which a merger and acquisition (M&A) deal is completed or the number of days taken from the announcement of the deal until its completion is an important barometer of the success and efficiency of a deal. In this paper, we apply the institutional-based view to propose that in the context of acquisitions by emerging market firms, the deep embeddedness in the institutional environment is likely to influence deal duration. Our theoretical model speculates on the effect of the quality of home and host country institutional environment in cross-border acquisition deal duration. We further propose that the number of regulatory agencies involved has a bearing on deal duration. The hypotheses are tested using a unique sample of both domestic and international acquisitions with non-zero duration dates by Brazilian firms between 2000 and 2014. The findings supported our conjectures.
Cai, Y., van Ees, H., van Veen, K., & Gubbi, S. (2015, April). Does the Quality of Institutions and the Regulatory Bodies Influence Deal Duration in M&As?. Paper presented at 42nd Academy of International Business UK and Ireland Chapter Conference 2015