Investor Opportunism and Governance in Venture Capital

Companion to Venture Capital, 2009

25 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2009

Date Written: March 8, 2009


There is a risk of ex post opportunism between entrepreneurs and investors in firms financed by venture capital (VC). Entrepreneurs and VC investors have different interests with respect to numerous decisions, such as whether to replace the CEO or obtain additional financing. VC investors, who often hold substantial control rights in startup firms, may use their position opportunistically - causing a startup firm to take actions that benefit the VCs at the expense of the firm as a whole. This book chapter summarizes the existing literature on VC opportunism in three settings: (i) CEO replacement, (ii) Later-round financing, and (iii) VC exit.

Keywords: Opportunism, Venture Capital, Corporate Governance

JEL Classification: G24, G32, G33, G34, K12, K20, K22, M13

Suggested Citation

Broughman, Brian J., Investor Opportunism and Governance in Venture Capital (March 8, 2009). Companion to Venture Capital, 2009 , Available at SSRN:

Brian J. Broughman (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University Law School ( email )

131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203-1181
United States

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