Networks Financial Institute Working Paper Series
We examine the relationship between corporate lobbying, shareholder-based litigation outcomes, and firm value for financial firms. First, we show that political lobbying lowers the litigation likelihood for financial institutions. Secondly, lobbying firms experience a higher likelihood of having litigation dismissed, and the average settlement amount is significantly lower for lobbying institutions. In addition, shortly after a litigation announcement, lobbying firms experience significantly higher cumulative abnormal returns (CARs), compared to non-lobbying firms. Finally, we show that lobbying firms have higher long-run buy-and-hold abnormal stock returns (BHARs) following lobbying activities. Our results link financial institution lobbying activity with improved legal outcomes and increases in firm value, implying that lobbying may protect financial institutions from reduced firm value through the building of political capital and reducing litigation costs.
Unsal, Omer and Hassan, M. Kabir and Hippler, William, Lobbying in Finance Industry: Evidence from US Banking System (December 31, 2016). Networks Financial Institute Working Paper Series 2017-WP-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3062731 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3062731