The Evolution of Private Equity: Corporate Restructuring in the UK, c. 1945-2010
56 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2012
Date Written: September 12, 2012
The paper analyses the role of private equity in restructuring the UK corporate economy. It develops a theoretical synthesis to show that the evolution of the PE industry and firms in which it invested were governed by the relations of corporate governance between investor and investee companies. Effective governance relations were a necessary condition for success and complement firm specific resources to create competitive advantage. Four case studies are used to show the contrasting effects of these determining factors, ICFC and Slater Walker, and the two waves of buy-out centered restructuring that developed with the maturity of the PE industry after 1980. In contrast to the evolutionary approach, the periodisations utilized in this study show that structural breaks associated with points of institutional reform are also necessary to make firm specific resource and governance determinants of competitive advantage operable.
Keywords: private, equity, venture capital, corporate restructuring, 3i, Slater Walker, management, buyout
JEL Classification: D2, G32, G34, N24, N84
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