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Private Equity Investments and Disclosure Policy

Christof Beuselinck, M. Deloof () and Sophie Manigart

Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium from Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Abstract: We investigate whether a firm’s disclosure policy is affected by the changing corporate setting and intensified corporate governance associated with private equity (PE) investments. For a unique sample of unquoted PE backed firms we observe a significant switch to increased financial disclosure in the pre-investment year, consistent with the hypothesis that entrepreneurs attempt to reduce information asymmetries inherent to the PE application by increasing their disclosure levels. Further, we document that the governance and professionalization impact of PE investors affects their portfolio firms’ financial disclosure positively. Finally, differentiating on investor type (government versus non-government related) reveals no overall effect on disclosure, both in the pre- as in the post-investment years. Results are robust to various sensitivity checks.

Keywords: Disclosure; private equity; unlisted firms; monitoring; corporate governance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G30 M10 M41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 47 pages
Date: 2005-01
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