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The Syndication of Venture Capital Investments


  • Joshua Lerner


This paper examines three rationales for the syndication of venture capital investments, using a sample of 271 private biotechnology firms. Syndication is commonplace, even in the first-round investments. Experienced venture capitalists primarily syndicate first-round investments to venture investors with similar levels of experience. In later rounds, established venture capitalists syndicate investments to both their peers and to less experienced capita) providers. When experienced venture capitalists invest for the first time in later rounds, the firm is usually doing well. Syndication also often insures that the ownership stake of the venture capitalist stays constant in later venture rounds. I argue that the results are consistent with the proposed explanations.

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  • Joshua Lerner, 1994. "The Syndication of Venture Capital Investments," Financial Management, Financial Management Association, vol. 23(3), Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:fma:fmanag:lerner94

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