Mandatory Financial Disclosure and M&A Activity

Authors: Marcelo Ortiz, Caspar David Peter, Francisco Urzúa and Paolo F. Volpin

Review of Financial Studies, June, 2023

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.