Fund Ownership, Wealth, and Risk Taking: Evidence on Private Equity Managers
43 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2019 Last revised: 23 Mar 2021
Date Written: March 21, 2021
Private equity managers are required to invest in the funds they manage. We examine the incentive effects of this ownership on the delegated acquisition decision. A simple model shows that managers select less risky firms and apply more debt, the higher their fund ownership. We test these predictions for a sample of Norwegian private equity acquisitions, using managers' personal wealth to capture their different risk preferences. Consistent with the model, target company cash-flow risk decreases and leverage increases with the manager's ownership scaled by wealth. Moreover, the higher the ownership, the smaller is relative deal size, increasing overall fund diversification.
Keywords: Private equity, incentives, fund manager, ownership, risk taking, wealth
JEL Classification: D86, G12, G31, G32, G34
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