M&As and political uncertainty: Evidence from the 2016 US presidential election

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University Research Board, American University of Beirut

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Accounting Department

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Research Article

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Journal of Financial Stability

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This paper investigates whether the takeover market has been affected by heightened macroeconomic uncertainty, following President Trump's Election, both in the US and globally. We have based our analysis on a four-year period around the 2016 US elections, and as such we have observed an increase in M&A deals and associated valuations, after the election; this was especially true for cross-border deals acquiring U.S. targets, consistent with a tariff-jumping hypothesis. The high target valuations are also the product of the implementation of a lower corporate tax rate, which reveals positive externalities for U.S. targets, stemming from the protectionist and lower corporate tax initiatives of the regime.

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