Industrial structure in the Eurocredit underwriting market

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While the complexity of underwriting syndicates is well-known there has been very little empirical analysis of syndicate structure. The short-term Eurocredit market is a promising market for the analysis of industrial structure because underwriting syndicates generally come in a two-tier structure. The structures of syndicates in this market are analyzed here empirically. Our evidence suggests that the lead managers in these syndicates seem to be recruited primarily for paycosts of risk bearing and sharing, while the regular managers appear to be recruited primarily for the purpose of dealing with expanded underwriting distribution, risks held constant. Contract parameters that affect syndicate size and structure are examined in detail for various instruments. (JEL G20).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-636
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of International Money and Finance
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1996

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Funding Information:
* Research for this paper was supported by the Zimmerman Foundation for the Study of Banking and Finance. We are indebted to Renee Ben-David, Lawrence Rodman, Rick Smith and Roger Young for helpful discussions. We are grateful to Alexandros Benos, Dean Paxson and Insan Tunali for helpful comments and criticisms. Special thanks are due to the referee for insightful comments that improved the paper.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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