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Jesse M. Fried & Holger Spamann, Cheap-Stock Tunneling Around Preemptive Rights (Eur. Corp. Governance Inst. Law Working Paper No. 408/2018, June 1, 2018).

Abstract: Preemptive rights are thought to protect minority shareholders from cheap-stock tunneling by a controlling shareholder. We show that preemptive rights, while making cheap-stock tunneling more difficult, cannot prevent it when asymmetric information about the value of the offered shares makes it impossible for the minority to know whether these shares are cheap or overpriced. Our analysis can help explain why sophisticated investors in unlisted firms and regulators of listed firms do not rely entirely on preemptive rights to address cheap-stock tunneling, supplementing them with other restrictions on equity issues.