Venture-Backed Ipos: Investment Duration and Lock-Up by Venture Capitalists
Posted: 2 Sep 2003
We analyze the venture capitalist's decision on the timing of the IPO, the offer price and the fraction of shares he sells in the course of the IPO. Under certain assumptions about the parameters and the structure of the model, we obtain a single equilibrium in which high-quality firms separate from low-quality firms. The latter are liquidated after the first period, while the former go public either after having been financed by the venture capitalist for two periods or after one financing period using a lock-up.
Keywords: Venture Capital, IPO, Lock-up, Timing
JEL Classification: D80, G24, G32
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