Venture Capital Investments, Mergers and Competition Laws around the World
69 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2017 Last revised: 11 Nov 2019
Date Written: June 16, 2018
We examine the relation between venture capital (VC) investments, M&A activity, and merger competition laws in 48 countries around the world. We find evidence of a strong positive association between VC investments and lagged M&A activity, consistent with the hypothesis that an active M&A market provides viable exit opportunities for VC companies and therefore incentivizes them to engage in more deals. We also explore the effects of country-level merger competition laws and also pro-takeover legislation passed internationally on VC activity. We find significant reductions in VC activity in countries with stricter competition laws and find that VC activity intensifies after enactment of country-level takeover-friendly legislation.
Keywords: Venture Capital, Mergers and Acquisitions, Merger Waves, Takeover Laws
JEL Classification: G15, G24, G33
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