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Enrique Schroth
Reader in Finance
Cass Business School


Author articles

  • An inherent difficulty in estimating the value of large blocks of shares is the need to account for their limited marketability. To date, there are no estimates of the marketability discount that explicitly take into account the illiquidity of the market for corporate control. In this article, results from previous work by the authors are used to produce a simple method to estimate the marketability discount under different firm, industry and macroeconomic scenarios. This method is applicable to public firms that have non-traded controlling blocks of shares, as well as fully private firms, and it helps investors determine what discounts to apply on top of the more traditional valuation methods (multiples based methods, DCF analysis).

    10/02/2017 | 9,218
  • When a firm is in financial distress, its shareholders and debt holders may benefit from a debt renegotiation to avoid an inefficient bankruptcy or liquidation. The prospect of a debt reduction through a renegotiation may, however, induce shareholders to default even if the firm is solvent. The view that shareholders may default for strategic rather than for solvency reasons has proved useful in understanding, among other things, the theoretical determinants of corporate bond spreads, dividend policies, the optimal debt structure, and the valuation of debt and equity.

    This paper asks whether the option of shareholders to default strategically on the firm's debt explains differences in firms' equity risk across countries. It claims that the risk of equity should be lower for firms that operate in countries where the insolvency procedure favours debt renegotiations

    31/10/2012 | 6,894
  • Debt runs played a central role in the financial crisis of 2007-2008, reigniting the debate about their causes and how they can be prevented. This research uses the 2007 asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) crisis as a basis to study the determinants of debt runs.

    This paper can may be of specific interest to financial institutions, as it has clear implications about the design of off-balance sheet investments, the degree of maturity mismatch between debt and assets, the strength of the credit guarantees and, most importantly, exactly how much leverage is unsafe. This discussion is timely, given the efforts by the Vickers report and the Liikanen report to address the problems of shadow banking.

    08/02/2017 | 7,193