Mandatory Financial Disclosure and M&A activity

Published in The Review of Financial Studies, 2023

Recommended citation: Ortiz, M., Peter, C. D., UrzĂșa I, F., & Volpin, P. F. (2023). Mandatory Financial Disclosure and M&A Activity. The Review of Financial Studies.

Taking advantage of the implementation of the 2003 European Commission (EC) directive on financial reporting, we explore the impact of mandatory financial disclosure on mergers and acquisitions (M&A). We find robust evidence that the number (and volume) of private firms becoming an M&A target increases with mandatory disclosure. Analyses of cross-industry differences, deal-level data, and post-deal performance indicate that financial disclosure increases M&A activity by reducing information frictions in the market for corporate control.

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