What Determines the Size of Private Equity Firms?
Although private equity is considered a maturing industry, its players have remained tiny boutiques. We investigate the nature of the drivers and inhibitors of firm growth in the private equity industry. We present the results of a survey on size patterns of European private equity firms. Based on case studies on buyout and venture capital (VC) firms from our sample and a business model concept, we derive three propositions that highlight the importance of the characteristics of the services provided, the decision process, and the metrics of economic return as determinants of firm size.
Volume (Year): 60 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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