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H. Kent Baker, Greg Filbeck, and Halil Kiymaz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199375875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199375875.001.0001

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Venture Capital in Europe

Venture Capital in Europe

Myths and Reality

(p.49) 4 Venture Capital in Europe
Private Equity

Jean-Michel Sahut

Eric Braune

Oxford University Press

Venture capital (VC) is a major type of private equity (PE). The European industry is still young. This chapter examines this industry and focuses on European VC practices. It also discusses the performance of European VC financing and the convergence of U.S. and European practices. The European VC industry has matured, and European investors are becoming increasingly involved in the companies’ management. Further, the performance gap between U.S. and European VC firms has almost disappeared. Now, the performance of initial public offerings (IPOs) of European VC firms is comparable to that of their U.S. counterparts. However, the practices of European VC investors still differ widely from those of their U.S. colleagues. The European VC industry follows a trajectory based on its own experience. As public funding predominates in Europe, this experience partially overlaps that of U.S. VC investors.

Keywords:   private equity, venture capital, europe, venture capital financing, performance, initial public offerings

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