Mutual Fund Investments in Private Firms

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Sungjoung Kwon

Drexel University - Bennett S. LeBow College of Business

Michelle Lowry

Drexel University

Yiming Qian

University of Iowa - Department of Finance

Date Written: May 11, 2019

Abstract

Historically a key advantage of being a public firm was broader access to capital, from a disperse group of shareholders. In recent years, such capital has increasingly become available to private firms as well. We document a dramatic increase over the past twenty years in the number of mutual funds participating in private markets and in the dollar value of these private firm investments. We evaluate several factors that potentially contribute to this trend: firms seeking extra capital to postpone public listing; mutual funds seeking higher risk-adjusted returns and IPO allocations; and, VCs seeking new investors to substantiate higher valuations. Results provide the strongest support for the first two factors.

Keywords: private firm, mutual fund, IPO

JEL Classification: G23, G24, G32

Suggested Citation

Kwon, Sungjoung and Lowry, Michelle B. and Qian, Yiming, Mutual Fund Investments in Private Firms (May 11, 2019). Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2941203 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2941203

Sungjoung Kwon

Drexel University - Bennett S. LeBow College of Business ( email )

101 N. 33rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Michelle B. Lowry (Contact Author)

Drexel University ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
215-895-6070 (Phone)

Yiming Qian

University of Iowa - Department of Finance ( email )

S382 Pappajohn Building
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States
319-335-0934 (Phone)
319-335-3690 (Fax)

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