The European Venture Capital and Private Equity Country Attractiveness Indices

Posted: 26 Jan 2011

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Alexander Peter Groh

EMLYON Business School

Heinrich Liechtenstein

University of Navarra - IESE Business School

Karsten Lieser

Allianz Real Estate

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Date Written: April 1, 2010

Abstract

We calculate composite indices to compare the attractiveness of 27 European countries for institutional investments into the Venture Capital and Private Equity asset class. To achieve this we use 42 different parameters, and propose an aggregation structure that allows for benchmarking on more granulated levels. The United Kingdom leads our ranking, followed by Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. While Germany is slightly above the average European attractiveness level, the scores are rather disappointing for France, Italy, Spain, and Greece. Our analyses reveal that while the UK is similar to the other European countries with respect to many criteria, there are two major differences, which ultimately affect its attractiveness: its investor protection and corporate governance rules, and the size and liquidity of its capital market. The state of the capital market is likewise a proxy for the professionalism of the financial community, for deal flow and exit opportunities. We determine a reasonable correlation between our attractiveness index scores and actual Venture Capital and Private Equity fundraising activities and prove the robustness of our calculations. Our findings across all the European countries suggest that, while investor protection and capital markets are in fact very important determinants for attractiveness, there are numerous other criteria to consider.

Keywords: Venture Capital, Private Equity, Alternative Asset, International Asset Allocation

JEL Classification: G11, G23, G24, O16, P52

Suggested Citation

Groh, Alexander Peter and Liechtenstein, Heinrich and Lieser, Karsten, The European Venture Capital and Private Equity Country Attractiveness Indices (April 1, 2010). Journal of Corporate Finance, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1747662

Alexander Peter Groh (Contact Author)

EMLYON Business School ( email )

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Heinrich Liechtenstein

University of Navarra - IESE Business School ( email )

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Barcelona, 08034
Spain

Karsten Lieser

Allianz Real Estate ( email )

Germany

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