Why Do European Venture Capital Companies Syndicate?
37 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2003
Date Written: April 2002, 11
Financial theory, resource-based theory and access to deal flow are used to explain syndication practices among European venture capital (VC) firms. The desire to share risk and increase portfolio diversification is a more important motive for syndication than the desire to access additional intangible resources or deal flow. Access to resources is, however, more important for non-lead than for lead investors. When resource-based motives are more important, the propensity to syndicate increases. Syndication intensity is higher for young VC firms and for VC firms, specialised in a specific investment stage. Finally, syndication strategies are similar across European countries, but differ from North American strategies.
Keywords: resource-based theory, financial diversification theory, motivation, syndication, venture capital strategies
JEL Classification: M, M10, L2, G24
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