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Cross-border venture capital performance: Evidence from China

Lanfang Wang and Susheng Wang

Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, 2011, vol. 19, issue 1, 71-97

Abstract: This paper investigates the determinants of cross-border venture capital (VC) performance in the Chinese VC market. We focus on the impact of foreign VC firms' (VCs') human capital and domestic entrepreneurs' experience on the performance of both VC investments and portfolio companies using logit and Cox hazard models. After controlling for portfolio company quality, domestic VC industry development, domestic exit conditions and a number of other factors, little correlation was evident between VC performance and foreign VCs' human capital, such as experience, networks and reputation. In contrast, the domestic entrepreneurs' experience is crucial to VC performance. In particular, if an entrepreneur has more general experience in terms of the number of companies previously worked for or more special experience in terms of the number of companies previously served as a CEO or top manager, a portfolio company is more likely to pull off a successful exit through IPO or M&A, and the VCs are also likely to shorten their investment duration in the portfolio company.

Keywords: Cross-border; venture; capital; Foreign; venture; capital; firms; Domestic; entrepreneurs; Human; capital; Experience; Networks; Reputation; Venture; capital; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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