Institutional Block-Holdings of UK Firms: Do Corporate Governance Mechanisms Matter?
36 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2007 Last revised: 20 Dec 2009
Date Written: December 7, 2009
Using a sample of UK firms we find that institutional block-holding is negatively associated with directors’ ownership and is positively associated with board composition, suggesting that institutional block-holders regard directors’ ownership and board composition as substitute and complementary control mechanisms, respectively. We also show that UK institutional block-holders prefer smaller firms and firms with a shorter listing history. The presence of institutional block-holders is associated with smaller boards and lower trading liquidity. Finally, our results indicate that the investment preference of UK institutional block-holders varies with the level of their shareholding.
Keywords: institutional ownership, directors’ ownership, board structure, corporate governance
JEL Classification: G3, H39
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