Department/School

Finance

Date of this version

2011

Document Type

Article

Keywords

ADRs, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, cross-listing, delisting, bonding, reputation, culture, individualism, Hofstede Cultural Dimensions, international finance

Abstract

Using a sample of foreign firms delisting shares from the United States over the period 2000 and 2004, this paper studies the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) on the cross-delisting behavior of foreign firms based on the firm characteristics, legal tradition, overall culture and degree of individualism of the country of domicile. Pre-SOX, the propensity to delist is lower for firms from countries with cultural similarities to the U.S. and higher for firms from individualistic societies. Post-SOX these trends are reversed. Consistent with the existing research we find that the delisting decision of foreign firms cross- listed in the U.S. is based on the potential gains from listing based on the growth opportunities, length of presence in the U.S. and legal regulations of the country of domicile.

Published in

Journal Of Multinational Financial Management

Citation/Other Information

21, 208-223