Institutional Investment in Listed Private Equity

European Financial Management, Forthcoming

30 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2010

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Douglas J. Cumming

Florida Atlantic University; Birmingham Business School; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Grant Fleming

Continuity Capital Partners

Sofia Johan

Florida Atlantic University - Finance; University of Aberdeen; Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

Date Written: December 13, 2010


This paper examines institutional investors’ propensity to invest in a relatively unknown asset class of listed private equity. Based on data provided by LPEQ, Preqin and Scorpio Partnership covering 171 institutional investors in Europe in 2008-2010, we find allocations are primarily a function of size, type, location, decision-making authority and liquidity preferences. Investment in listed private equity is more commonly made by institutions that are smaller, private (not public) pension institutions, institutions that have a preference for liquidity, quick access, and administrative and cash flow management simplicity, and institutions that are based in the UK, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands. As well, institutions are less likely to invest in listed private equity when investment decision-making is empowered to an alternative asset class team.

Keywords: Institutional investment, pension funds, listed private equity

JEL Classification: G23, G24

Suggested Citation

Cumming, Douglas J. and Fleming, Grant Alan and Johan, Sofia A., Institutional Investment in Listed Private Equity (December 13, 2010). European Financial Management, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

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