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Buyouts in Western European Countries: The Impact on Company Growth and Innovation

Elisa Ughetto

in The Oxford Handbook of Private Equity

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195391589
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195391589.013.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Buyouts in Western European Countries: The Impact on Company Growth and Innovation

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This article studies a sample of 265 buyouts that were conducted from 1997 until 2004. These buyouts involved companies in the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands. It explores the extent to which buyouts affect the performance of target companies for a three-year period around the deal date. It then assesses whether such operations encourage or limit the innovation activity of acquired firms. Finally, this article discusses the effects of private equity investments on firm growth. An assessment of the total innovative effort of the sample firms is also included.

Keywords: buyouts; target companies; innovation activity; firm growth; private equity investments

Article.  11421 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Financial Markets ; Industry Studies

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