Regulatory Harmonization and the Development of Private Equity Markets

Posted: 5 Jan 2007 Last revised: 11 Sep 2008

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Sofia Johan

Florida Atlantic University - Finance; University of Aberdeen; Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

Douglas J. Cumming

Florida Atlantic University

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This paper introduces a new dataset from 100 Dutch institutional investors' domestic and international asset private equity allocations. The data indicate that the perceived comparative dearth of regulations of private equity funds impedes institutional investor participation in private equity funds, particularly in relation to the lack of transparency. The data further indicate that the perceived importance of regulatory harmonization of institutional investors has increased Dutch institutional investor allocations to domestic and international private equity funds. The Financieel Toetsingskader (regulation of portfolio management standards such as matching of assets and liabilities) has had the most pronounced and robust effect, followed by Basel II (regulation of risk management and disclosure standards) and the International Financial Reporting Standards (regulation of reporting standards and transparency).

Keywords: Private Equity, Law and Finance

JEL Classification: G23, G24, G28, K22, K34

Suggested Citation

Johan, Sofia A. and Cumming, Douglas J., Regulatory Harmonization and the Development of Private Equity Markets. Journal of Banking and Finance, Vol. 31, pp. 3218-3250, 2007, Available at SSRN:

Sofia A. Johan

Florida Atlantic University - Finance ( email )

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Douglas J. Cumming (Contact Author)

Florida Atlantic University ( email )

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