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Limited Partner Performance and the Maturing of the Private Equity Industry

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  • Sensoy, Berk A.

    (OH State University)

  • Wang, Yingdi

    (CA State University, Fullerton)

  • Weisbach, Michael S.

    (OH State University)

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We evaluate the performance of limited partners' (LPs) private equity investments over time. Using a sample of 14,380 investments by 1,852 LPs in 1,250 buyout and venture funds started between 1991 and 2006, we find that the superior performance of endowment investors in the 1991-1998 period, documented in prior literature, is mostly due to their greater access to the top-performing venture capital partnerships. In the subsequent 1999-2006 period, endowments no longer outperform, and neither have greater access to funds who are likely restrict access nor make better investment selections than other types of institutional investors. We discuss how these results are consistent with the general maturing of the industry, as private equity has transitioned from a niche, poorly understood area to a ubiquitous part of institutional investors' portfolios.

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Paper provided by Ohio State University, Charles A. Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 2013-01.

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  1. Da Rin, M. & Phalippou, L., 2014. "There is Something Special About Large Investors: Evidence From a Survey of Private Equity Limited Partners," Discussion Paper 2014-010, Tilburg University, Tilburg Law and Economic Center.

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