Private Equity Returns and Disclosure Around the World

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Douglas J. Cumming

Florida Atlantic University

Uwe Walz

Goethe University Frankfurt - Institute of Economics; Center For Financial Studies (CFS); Goethe University Frankfurt - Research Center SAFE

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Date Written: March 5, 2004

Abstract

To obtain more funds from the institutional investors, private equity fund managers may report inflated valuations of private investee companies that are not yet sold. However, such overvaluations may result in a reputational cost when those investments are realized. Using evidence from 39 countries, we show that significant systematic biases exist in the reporting of fund performance, and that these biases depend on the degree of accounting conservatism and the strength of the legal environment in a country, and on proxies for the degree of information asymmetry between institutional investors and private equity fund managers.

Keywords: International Financial Reporting, Private Equity and Portfolio Diversification, Venture Capital

JEL Classification: G24, G28, G31, G32, G35

Suggested Citation

Cumming, Douglas J. and Walz, Uwe, Private Equity Returns and Disclosure Around the World (March 5, 2004). EFA 2004 Maastricht, EEA 2004 Madrid, EFM 2005 Madrid, Journal of International Business Studies, forthcoming 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=514105 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.514105

Douglas J. Cumming

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