The Importance of Size in Private Equity: Evidence from a Survey of Limited Partners

The Importance of Size in Private Equity: Evidence from a Survey of Limited Partners

Laura Bottazzi, Marco Da Rin, Thomas Hellmann

Series number :

Serial Number: 
187/2007

Date posted :

May 01 2007

Last revised :

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Keywords

  • venture capital • 
  • trust • 
  • Corporate governance • 
  • contracts

Using a comprehensive survey, we show that investors with a larger capital allocation to private equity are more specialized − measured by the degree to which the investor focuses on private equity rather than other classes of investments − and have a wider scope of due diligence and investment activities.

Other investor characteristics (experience, type, location, compensation structure, number of funds under management) play no role. In particular, Endowments are not special according to the survey measures. These results are consistent with the changing LP-GP relationship in private equity as capital is increasingly concentrated in the hands of large investors.

Authors

Real name: 
Laura Bottazzi