This book is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in business, economics, law, and management. It is also directed at practitioners with an interest in the venture capital and private equity industries, and it covers several different countries. The definitions of the terms venture capital and private equity may differ among countries, however, so in the book we define venture capital as risk capital for small private entrepreneurial firms and private equity as encompassing a broader array of investors, entrepreneurial firms, and transactions, including later-stage investments, turnaround investments, and buyout transactions.

Financial contracting is the common theme that links the topics covered in this book. This ...

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