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Venture capital exit rights

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  • Bienz, Carsten
  • Walz, Uwe

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Theorists argue that exit rights can mitigate hold-up problems in venture capital. Using a hand-collected data-set of venture capital contracts from Germany we show that exit rights are included more frequently in venture capital contracts when a hold-up problem associated with the venture capitalist's exit decision is likely. Examples include drag-along and tag-along rights. Additionally, we find that almost all exit rights are allocated to the venture capitalist rather than to the entrepreneur. In addition, we show that besides the basic hold-up mechanism there are other mechanisms such as ex-ante bargaining power and the degree of pledgeable income that drive the allocation of exit rights. --

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Paper provided by Center for Financial Studies (CFS) in its series CFS Working Paper Series with number 2009/05.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:cfswop:200905

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Keywords: Venture Capital; Corporate Governance; Empirical Contract Theory; Hold-up; Exit Rights; Trade-sale Rights;

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Cited by:
  1. Herbst, Patrick & Walz, Uwe, 2009. "The design of vertical R&D collaborations," CFS Working Paper Series 2009/06, Center for Financial Studies (CFS).
  2. Patrick Bolton & Antoine Faure-Grimaud, 2009. "Satisficing Contracts," NBER Working Papers 14654, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Marco Da Rin & Thomas F. Hellmann & Manju Puri, 2011. "A survey of venture capital research," NBER Working Papers 17523, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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