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Legality and venture capital governance around the world

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  • Cumming, Douglas
  • Schmidt, Daniel
  • Walz, Uwe

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We analyze governance with a new dataset on investments of venture capitalists in 3848 portfolio firms in 39 countries from North and South America, Europe and Asia spanning 1971-2003. We provide evidence that cross-country differences in legality, including legal origin and accounting standards, have a significant impact on the governance structure of investments in the VC industry: better laws facilitate faster deal screening and deal origination, a higher probability of syndication and a lower probability of potentially harmful co-investment, and facilitate investor board representation of the investor. We also show that country-specific differences exist apart from legal and economic development.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Venturing.

Volume (Year): 25 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 54-72

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jbvent:v:25:y:2010:i:1:p:54-72

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Keywords: Venture capital Corporate governance Syndication Entrepreneurial finance;

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