Bank underwriting of debt securities: Modern evidence

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Journal Article

This article examines debt securities underwritten by Section 2O subsidiaries of bank holding companies relative to those underwritten by investment bouses. Consistent with a net certification effect for banks, bank underwriting of lower credit rated firms to whom the bank lends results in relatively higher prices (lower yields). We find no evidence of conflicts of interest even when an issue is used to repay bank debt. Further, banks bring a relatively larger proportion of small issues to the market. Contrary to the contention that universal banking stunts availability of finance to small firms, bank underwritings appear to benefit small firms.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gande, A; Puri, M; Saunders, A; Walter, I

Published Date

  • January 1, 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1175 - 1202

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0893-9454

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/rfs/10.4.1175

Citation Source

  • Scopus