I would like to express my deep gratitude to numerous people for their gener- ous support and assistance. Throughout my work, Dirk Schiereck has always been a constructive and supportive supervisor to me. Not only has he given me great freedom to pursue my ideas, but also pushed me in the right direction when needed. Bjoern Six and Ruth Maria Stock have been great co-authors, who helped advance the third essay on managerial discretion. I also benefitted from countless conversations with my peers at the Endowed Chair for Bank- ing and Finance and McKinsey & Company such as Markus Mentz and Anja Lambrecht to single out a few. It goes without saying that I am deeply grate- ful to my parents, Klaus and Sigrid Normann, my sister, Sandra Normann- Kravitz, and my parents-in-law, Uwe and Gunnel Weiler, for moral support and gentle reminders. Finally, I most want to thank my wife Tina Weiler-Nor- mann for her love, sacrifice, and kind forbearance. I also credit our children, Johanna Amalia and Katharina Elisabeth, for inspiration and unconditional love. This project is over now and I am coming home. Marcel Normann
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