This free book of Exercises reinforces theoretical applications of stock market analyses as a guide to Corporate Valuation
and Takeover and other texts in the bookboon series by Robert Alan Hill. The volatility of global markets and individual
shares, created by serial financial crises, economic recession and political instability means that investors (private,
institutional, or corporate) cannot rely on “number crunching”.
The 2007 global financial crisis ignited by reckless bankers and their flawed reward structures will be felt for years to come.
Emerging from the wreckage, however, is renewed support for the over-arching objective of traditional finance theory,
namely the long-run maximisation of shareholder wealth using the current market value of ordinary shares (common
stock) as a benchmark.
Bertrand and Mullainathan (1998) illustrate the potential
power of designs that consider interactions across governance
mechanisms. They examine the impact on executive
compensation of changes in states’ anti-takeover legislation.
Adoption of anti-takeover legislation presumably reduces
pressure on top managers. They attempt to distinguish
between optimal contracting and skimming theories in
explaining observed contracting arrangements.
Chapter 7 Stocks and Their Valuation
a. A proxy is a document giving one person the authority to act for another, typically the power to vote shares of common stock. If earnings are poor and stockholders are dissatisfied, an outside group may solicit the proxies in an effort to overthrow management