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Título : Venture Capital Meets Contract Theory: Risky Claims or Formal Control?
Autor : Cestone, Giacinta
Palabras clave : Venture Capital
Control Rights
Security Design
Entrepreneurial Initiative
Fecha de publicación : 26-feb-2001
Serie : UFAE and IAE Working Papers
Resumen: This paper develops a theory of the joint allocation of formal control and cash-flow rights in venture capital deals. We argue that when the need for investor support calls for very high-powered outside claims, entrepreneurs should optimally retain formal control in order to avoid excessive interference. Hence, we predict that risky claims should be be negatively correlated to control rights, both along the life of a start-up and across deals. This challenges the idea that risky claims should a ways be associated to more formal control, and is in line with contractual terms increasingly used in venture capital, in corporate venturing and in partnership deals between biotech start-ups and large drug companies. The paper provides a theoretical explanation to some puzzling evidence documented in Gompers (1997) and Kaplan and Stromberg (2000), namely the inclusion in venture capital contracts of contingencies that trigger both a reduction in VC control and the conversion! of her preferred stocks into common stocks.
URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10261/1905
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