Public Hedge Funds

46 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2016 Last revised: 2 Nov 2017

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Lin Sun

Fudan University

Melvyn Teo

Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Date Written: December 10, 2016


Hedge funds managed by listed firms significantly underperform funds managed by unlisted firms. The underperformance is more severe for funds with low manager deltas, poor governance, and no manager co-investment, or managed by firms whose prices are sensitive to earnings news. Notwithstanding the underperformance, listed asset management firms raise more capital, by growing existing funds and launching new funds post listing, and harvest greater fee revenues than do comparable unlisted firms. The results are consistent with the view that, for asset management firms, going public weakens the alignment between ownership, control, and investment capital, thereby engendering conflicts of interest.

Keywords: Hedge funds, Initial Public Offering, Agency, Conflicts of interest, Short-termism

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14, G23

Suggested Citation

Sun, Lin and Teo, Melvyn, Public Hedge Funds (December 10, 2016). Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or

Lin Sun

Fudan University ( email )

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Melvyn Teo (Contact Author)

Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business ( email )

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