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Private Equity - April 15, 2011

Special presentation on the determinants of private equity returns to be held by EDHEC Professor Florencio Lopez de Silanes in London on 10 May

At a special presentation to be held in London on 10 May, Florencio Lopez de Silanes, Professor of Finance at EDHEC Business School, and Director of the Mutual Fund Governance Research Programme at EDHEC-Risk Institute, will be presenting his recent research on private equity, in which he examined the determinants of private equity returns using a newly constructed worldwide database of 7,500 investments made over thirty years.

The presentation, entitled "Private Equity and Investment Returns over the Last 30 Years", will examine the following topics:

  • Return spectrum and analysis of influential factors on returns (investment size, business cycle, exit route) of more than 10,000 PE investments
  • New stylised facts: strong short-term returns are the exception but account for most of the value generated by PE investment
  • Which type of private equity firm generates the highest returns?
Prof. Lopez de Silanes’ research interests lie in the fields of International Corporate Finance and Financial Markets, and Legal Reform and Privatisation. Prior to joining EDHEC, he was an advisor on these topics to several governments, international institutions and corporations. Among other distinctions, he received Harvard University’s Wells Prize for the Best Dissertation in Economics (1995), the Brattle Prize for Distinguished Paper in the Journal of Finance (1999), and the Jensen Prize for Best Papers in the Areas of Corporate Finance and Organizations in the Journal of Financial Economics (2000).

For futher information about the event, please contact severine.anjubault@edhec-risk.com.