Adverse Selection and the Performance of Private Equity Co-Investments

Braun, Reiner, Jenkinson, Tim and Schemmerl, Christoph Adverse Selection and the Performance of Private Equity Co-Investments. Journal of Financial Economics. (Accepted)

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Investors increasingly look for private equity funds to provide opportunities for co-investing outside the fund structure, thereby saving fees and carried interest payments. In this paper we use a large sample of buyout and venture capital co-investments to test how such deals compare with the remaining fund investments. In contrast to Fang et al. (2015) we find no evidence of adverse selection. Gross return distributions of co-investments and other deals are similar. Co-investments generally have lower costs to investors. We simulate net returns to investors and demonstrate how reasonably sized portfolios of co-investments have significantly out-performed fund returns.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: private equity, financial intermediation, co-investment, adverse selection, finance
Subject(s): Finance
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2017 10:28
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2019 11:19
Funders: not applicable

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