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The Design of Syndicates in Venture Capital

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  • Cestone Giacinta

    () (UNIVERSITY OF SALERNO)

  • Lerner Josh

    () (UNIVERSITY OF SALERNO HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL)

  • White Lucy

    () (UNIVERSITY OF SALERNO HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL)

Abstract

We argue that the process whereby a venture capital syndicate is formed is characterized by two-sided asymmetric information, as the profitability signals held by different VCs are non-verifiable and manipulable. We analyze how an appropriate design of the syndicating VCs cash-flow rights can induce them to truthfully reveal their signals to each other. We then study how the incentive costs of syndication and the shape of financial claims vary with the VCs levels of expertise in evaluating entrepreneurial projects.

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  • Cestone Giacinta & Lerner Josh & White Lucy, 2006. "The Design of Syndicates in Venture Capital," Working Papers 201037, Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation.
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