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The pre-acquisition process: The temporal hiatus between the announcement and completion in foreign acquisitions in Brazil

Manuel Portugal Ferreira (Graduate School of Management, Universidade Nove de Julho, São Paulo, Brazil) (Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Morro do Lena, Alto do Vieiro, Leiria, Portugal)
Felipe Borini (Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing Programa de Mestrado e Doutorado em Gestão Internacional and FEA, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil)
Simone Vicente (Graduate School of Management, Universidade Nove de Julho, São Paulo, Brazil)
Martinho Ribeiro Almeida (University of São Paulo – FEA, São Paulo, Brazil)

International Journal of Emerging Markets

ISSN: 1746-8809

Article publication date: 18 April 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to focus on the pre-acquisition process and, specifically, how the complexity involved in the transaction may drive the temporal gap between the formal announcement and the completion of the deal. The authors emphasize the time (in days) between announcement and completion.

Design/methodology/approach

The empirical setting consists of the cross-border acquisitions (CBAs) of Brazilian firms by multinational corporations announced between 2008 and 2012. Using a sample of 741 acquisitions, the authors examine how institutional (cultural and regulatory) and technological complexity and the predictable mitigating effect of prior acquisition experience in Brazil all impact on the time needed for evaluating the target and negotiating.

Findings

The results show that these complexity factors do matter for hastening the process and that recent experience with acquisitions in Brazil shortens the time needed to completion.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the literature on the acquisition process and the uncertainty and complexity factors in CBA in an emerging economy.

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Citation

Ferreira, M.P., Borini, F., Vicente, S. and Almeida, M.R. (2017), "The pre-acquisition process: The temporal hiatus between the announcement and completion in foreign acquisitions in Brazil", International Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 400-414. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJoEM-09-2015-0184

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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