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date: 22 April 2019

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The 2007–09 financial crisis has renewed interest in the causes of consequences of international bank mergers. While it is too early to assess the effects of recent developments on financial markets, there is a rich literature on international mergers and acquisitions in banking, which this chapter surveys. We focus on three main questions. First, what are the determinants of cross-border acquisitions of commercial banks? Second, do cross-border acquisitions affect the efficiency of banks? Third, what are the risk effects of international bank acquisitions? We begin with a brief summary of the stylized facts, and we conclude with implications for policymakers.

Keywords: bank efficiency, banking policy, cross-border acquisitions, international banking, risk effects

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