A mandatory bid rule for Australia: an idea whose time has come

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Mayanja, James. 2004. "A mandatory bid rule for Australia: an idea whose time has come." Australian Journal of Corporate Law. 16 (3), pp. 205-227.
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A mandatory bid rule for Australia: an idea whose time has come

ERA Journal ID37186
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorMayanja, James
Journal TitleAustralian Journal of Corporate Law
Journal Citation16 (3), pp. 205-227
Number of Pages23
Year2004
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
ISSN1037-4124
Web Address (URL)http://www.lexisnexis.com/au/legal/auth/checkbrowser.do?cookieState=0&rand=0.02956362793535472&bhcp=1
Abstract

In devising rules governing the conduct of takeover transactions, policy makers would serve the interests of investors and the economic order of society generally better by adopting regulations that maximise shareholder and social welfare. A mandatory bid rule can assist to achieve this objective. By significantly enhancing the chances of a takeover succeeding, that rule potentially encourages bidders to attempt more hostile acquisitions. An increase in search for potential takeover targets is likely to create some insecurity among directors and induce them to perform to their best level. Further, as takeovers facilitate the re-allocation of scarce societal resources to the parties to whom they have the highest valued uses, greater efficiency in the allocation of resources within industries is likely to be achieved as the incidence of hostile takeover transactions increases. Also, given that hostile takeovers are invariably made at a premium, an increase in that activity is likely to enhance shareholder wealth. These are matters of significant public importance. For this reason, it is advisable to reform the law governing takeover activity to introduce a mandatory bid rule in Australia.

Keywordshostile takeovers; market for corporate control; takeover regulation; mandatory bid rule
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480103. Corporations and associations law
500102. Business ethics
350799. Strategy, management and organisational behaviour not elsewhere classified
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