Title

Do Country Level Investor Protections Impact Security Level Contract Design? Evidence from Foreign Bond Covenants

Publication Date

4-22-2009

Abstract

This paper studies the ability of security-level contracts to substitute for poor country-level investor protections. Using a cross-country sample of restrictive covenants, we find that bond contacts are more likely to include covenants when creditor protection laws are weak. Further, the use of restrictive covenants in weak creditor protection countries is associated with a lower cost of debt. We also find that strong country-level shareholder rights are not necessarily harmful to bondholders. Overall, our findings suggest issuers and investors can create international contracts that overcome some of the deficiencies of country-level investor protections and facilitate access to external finance.

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Finance

DOI

10.2139/ssrn.1392990

Source

SMU Cox: Finance (Topic)

Language

English

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