Co-Investments of Sovereign Wealth Funds in Private Equity

Co-Investments of Sovereign Wealth Funds in Private Equity

Joseph McCahery, F. Alexander de Roode

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December 01 2016

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December 15 2016
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  • sovereign wealth funds • 
  • private equity • 
  • Venture capital deals • 
  • financial markets • 
  • direct investments

Direct investments are the preferred vehicle for large institutional investors to have control over their portfolio investments. We study the deal structure of direct investments by sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) in private equity transactions. We find that SWFs shift from investing in private equity funds to originating and co-investing together with private equity funds in deals.

The choice for co-investment affects deal size, risk-bearing, fees and returns. Overall, our results show the strong interest of SWFs in direct investments in developed markets.


Real name:
F. Alexander de Roode
Research Member
Tilburg University Faculty of Law and Tilburg Law and Economics Center