Cultural Differences and the Structure of Loan Syndicates

Stefanie Kleimeier, Sajid Chaudhry

Research output: Unpublished contribution to conferenceUnpublished Conference Paperpeer-review


Do cultural differences between lender and borrower affect the structure of the loan syndicate? Analyzing 8,031 syndicated loans to US borrowers signed between 1986 and 2007, we find that lending shares are higher for foreign than domestic arrangers. Among foreign arrangers, lending shares furthermore increase with cultural distance. We interpret this as the result of an increased moral hazard problem driven by higher information and effort costs faced by foreign arrangers. However, previous interactions between borrower and arranger can reduce moral hazard and hence even culturally distant arrangers are able to form diffused syndicates.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event24th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 14 Dec 201116 Dec 2011


Conference24th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference


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