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Characteristics, Contracts and Actions: Evidence from Venture Capitalist Analyses

Steven N. Kaplan

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Per Strömberg

Swedish House of Finance

March 2002

CEPR Discussion Paper No. 3243

We study the investment analyses of 67 portfolio investments by 11 venture capital (VC) firms. VCs consider the attractiveness and risks of the business, management, and deal terms as well as expected post-investment monitoring. We then consider the relation of the analyses to the contractual terms. Greater internal and external risks are associated with more VC cash flow rights, VC control rights; greater internal risk, also with more contingencies for the entrepreneur; and greater complexity, with less contingent compensation. Finally, expected VC monitoring and support are related to the contracts. We interpret these results in relation to financial contracting theories.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 54

Keywords: Investment banking, venture capital, financing policy, capital and ownership structure, brokerage

JEL Classification: G24, G32

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Date posted: April 4, 2002  

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Kaplan, Steven N. and Strömberg, Per, Characteristics, Contracts and Actions: Evidence from Venture Capitalist Analyses (March 2002). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 3243. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=306381

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Steven Neil Kaplan (Contact Author)
University of Chicago - Booth School of Business ( email )
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Per Stromberg
Swedish House of Finance ( email )
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111 60 Stockholm

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