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Takeover Defense When Financial Markets Are (Only) Relatively Efficient, Michael L. Wachter Jan 2003

Takeover Defense When Financial Markets Are (Only) Relatively Efficient, Michael L. Wachter

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This paper evaluates the impact of developments in the understanding of asset value pricing for alternative legal standards for takeover defenses: the management discretion and the shareholder rights positions. Both sides place considerable, albeit implicit, reliance on alternative views of the efficiency of financial markets. Developments in finance theory show that when financial markets are only "relatively efficient," stock prices can incorrectly value the corporation at any point in time, at the same time as investors cannot outperform the market on an ongoing basis. I focus on financial market anomalies arising from the failure of the capital asset pricing model ...