Bank Merge and Lending Relationships

Abstract

We exploit hand-collected data on bank merger deals and cross-sectional variation in borrower exposure to merger partners to study the effect of bank mergers on lending relationships. Using loan-level data, We find that borrowers that have pre-merger relationships with the target bank are much less likely to access credit from the merged bank. Using a novel measure of soft information used in loan decisions, We show this effect is stronger for lending relationships in which soft information is more important, suggesting that banks organizational restructuring affects their information processing and debt contracting. Moreover, firms having pre-merger relationships with target banks suffer from relationship disruptions":" they reduce investment and lay off employees when facing financial shocks.

Tong Wang
Tong Wang
Lecturer in Business Economics

My research interests include Economics Theory, Crypto-finance and Digital Economics.