Private equity buyouts and exports: the impact of Brexit on UK firms

Lavery, P. , Serena, J.-M., Spaliara, M.-E. and Tsoukas, S. (2023) Private equity buyouts and exports: the impact of Brexit on UK firms. British Journal of Management, (doi: 10.1111/1467-8551.12716) (Early Online Publication)

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This paper examines how private equity (PE) buyouts affect export activity among target firms around the Brexit period. Using data on UK firms for 2012–2019 and difference-in-differences estimations for matched target versus non-target firms, we assess how the unprecedented Leave vote affects portfolio firms' internationalization. We find that following the referendum, PE buyout targets are more likely to engage in exporting and are in turn more likely to increase the value of their exports and their export intensity relative to their non-PE-backed peers. We further find evidence of an active governance channel, whereby the benefits of PE investment after Brexit are more potent when greater governance changes occur on boards of directors, and for firms whose senior directors have more international experience.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lavery, Dr Paul and Spaliara, Professor Marina Eliza and Tsoukas, Professor Serafeim
Authors: Lavery, P., Serena, J.-M., Spaliara, M.-E., and Tsoukas, S.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HG Finance
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:British Journal of Management
ISSN (Online):1467-8551
Published Online:20 February 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in British Journal of Management 2023
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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