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The Exit Decision in the European Venture Capital Market

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  • Elisabete Gomes Santana Felix

    () (Universidade de Evora, Departamento de Gestao)

  • Cesaltina Pires

    () (Universidade de Evora, Departamento de Gestao)

  • Mohamed Azzim Gulamhussenb

    () (Instituto Superior de Ciencias do Trabalho e da Empresa, Departamento de Financas e Contabilidade)

Abstract

This article analyzes the exit decision in the European venture capital market, studying when to exit and how it interacts with the exit form. The paper emphasizes the impact of asymmetric information on the divestment decision. Our model considers the impact of caracteristics of the venture capital investor, characteristics of the investment and contracting variables on the exit decision. Our results show that venture capitalists associated with .financial institutions have quicker exits, a result which is stronger for trade-sales exits. In addition, our results highlight the importance of the contracting variables on the exit decision. An unexpected but interesting result is that the presence in the board of directors leads to longer investment duration.

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  • Elisabete Gomes Santana Felix & Cesaltina Pires & Mohamed Azzim Gulamhussenb, 2008. "The Exit Decision in the European Venture Capital Market," CEFAGE-UE Working Papers 2008_01, University of Evora, CEFAGE-UE (Portugal).
  • Handle: RePEc:cfe:wpcefa:2008_01
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    Keywords

    Asymmetric information; venture capital; trade sales; IPO; write-offs; exit decision; competing risks model;

    JEL classification:

    • C24 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models; Threshold Regression Models
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • K22 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Business and Securities Law

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