Private Equity Portfolio Company Fees

Phalippou, Ludovic, Rauch, Christian and Umber, Marc (2016) Private Equity Portfolio Company Fees. Saïd Business School Working Paper.

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Abstract

In private equity, General Partners (GPs) may receive fee payments from companies whose board they control. This paper describes the related contracts and shows that these fee payments sum up to $20 billion evenly distributed over the last twenty years, representing over 6% of the equity invested by GPs on behalf of their investors. Fees do not vary according to business cycles, company characteristics, or GP performance. Fees vary significantly across GPs and are persistent within GPs. GPs charging the least raised more capital post financial crisis. GPs that went public distinctively increased their fees prior to that event. We discuss how results can be explained by optimal contracting versus tunneling theories.

Item Type: Oxford Saïd Research Paper
Keywords: Private Equity, Monitoring Fees, Transaction Fees, Compensation, Corporate Governance, Leveraged Buy-Out, finance
Subject(s): Finance
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2015 15:11
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2018 09:28
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/5866

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