Venture Capital Investment: An Agency Analysis of UK Practice

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Written in a non-technical way, this volume uses a principal-agent framework to provide a contemporary, global analysis of the practice of contracting relations. It draws on case studies to provide valuable insights into current UK venture capital practice.
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For students and instructors of economics and business, offers a principal-agent framework within which to analyze contracting relations practices between those who invest venture capital and those who receive it. Focusing primarily on the UK, where venture capital is a fairly new investment form, explains the framework, then cites in- depth case studies based on empirical research, and organized around the principle-agent method. Also considers risk management from the perspective of both parties, developing information systems after the contract, and trading risk and information in pursuit of superior contracting. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations
Pt. 1 Background
1 The analysis of venture capital practice 3
2 Venture capital 14
3 Investigating investor-investee relations 34
4 Principles of agency analysis 49
Pt. 2 Evidence
5 Instrumentation 67
6 Fieldwork 81
7 Investor and investee characteristics 94
Pt. 3 Cases
8 Case study J: independent principal 109
9 Case study H: principal a banking subsidiary 130
10 Case study G: principal public sector owned 148
Pt. 4 Analysis
11 Risk management 171
12 The demand for information by investors 185
13 The supply of venture capital and the development of investees' accounting information systems 197
14 Seeking optimality through the exchanging of risk and information 219
Epilogue 257
App. A Semi-structured interview (SSI) schedule for investor (P) 263
App. B Administered questionnaire (AQ) for mature small firms (A) 295
App. C Telephone questionnaire (TQ) for mature small firms (A) 325
References 341
Author index 349
Subject index 352
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