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  • Schriften zum europischen Management

    Herausgegeben von/edited byRoland Berger Strategy Consultants Academic Network, Mnchen, Deutschland

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    This series is aimed at students and practitioners. It represents our academic contri-butions to economic research in a European context.

    Herausgegeben von/edited byRoland Berger Strategy Consultants Academic Network,Mnchen

    Herausgeberrat/Editorial Council:Prof. Dr. Thomas Bieger Universitt St. Gallen

    Prof. Dr. Rolf Caspers () European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel

    Prof. Dr. Guido Eilenberger Universitt Rostock

    Prof. Dr. Dr. Werner Gocht () RWTH Aachen

    Prof. Dr. Karl-Werner Hansmann Universitt Hamburg

    Prof. Dr. Alfred Ktzle Europa-Universitt Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder

    Prof. Dr. Kurt Reding Universitt Kassel

    Prof. Dr. Dr. Karl-Ulrich Rudolph Universitt Witten-Herdecke

    Prof. Dr. Klaus Spremann Universitt St. Gallen

    Prof. Dr. Dodo zu Knyphausen-Aufse Technische Universitt Berlin

    Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

  • Claudia Sommer

    Private Equity Investments

    Drivers and Performance Implications of Investment Cycles

    RESEARCH

  • ISBN 978-3-658-00233-6 ISBN 978-3-658-00234-3 (eBook)DOI 10.1007/978-3-658-00234-3

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    Claudia SommerUniversity of St. Gallen, SwitzerlandVoestalpineLinz, sterreich

    Bernhard SchmidtLangenhagen, Deutschland

    Library of Congress Control Number: 2012948198

  • To my mother Sigrid And in loving memory of

    My father Wolfgang

  • Preface

    This piece of work results from a research idea inspired by my professional experiences during the private equity turbulences between 2005 and 2008. In 2005 and 2006, a time that can be considered to be the top of a private equity boom, I had been part of several due diligence teams and got involved in a few giant private equity deals that exceeded each other in terms of deal size and complexity. A few months later, working as a restructuring professional, I encountered companies struggling with their heavy debt burdens and being unable to find alternative financing in an almost dried up financial market. This observation made me wonder why private equity markets exhibit such massive cycles and sparked the research idea for this dissertation.

    I am indebted to my referees Professor Andreas Grner and Professor Klaus Spremann from the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance at the University of St. Gallen. They have been genius supervisors and supported my research process in many ways. They greatly enhanced my research process and outcome by challenging my arguments, providing invaluable input and directions but at the same time giving me the freedom to develop my own ideas. I also thank participants of colloquiums, courses, and "Bastelstunden" (informal research round tables at the Swiss Institute for Banking and Finance), who have patiently listened to my sometimes premature thoughts and research results. They gave useful advice and were great mates making my visits in St. Gallen a lot of fun. In particular, I would like to thank Dr. Lydia Ebersbach for being the greatest motivator and closest friend who has accompanied my research endeavor.

    I am indebted to my mentors Dr. Ralf Moldenhauer and Nils Kuhlwein von Rathenow at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, who supported my research efforts in giving me the opportunity to join the generous corporate PhD program. Without this sabbatical, the financial support, resources and infrastructure, this dissertation would have hardly been possible. I thank Dr. Christian Krys for his support and the organization of inspiring and joyful doctoral camps.

    Special thanks are due to my friends who have generously forgiven many unanswered calls and emails. I would like to mention Nina Landsiedel, Steph Badde, Manja Ber, Peter and Ruth-Martina Ulka as representatives for all those who cheered me up and shared moments of fun with me, whenever I reappeared after weeks and sometimes months spent in the library.

  • VIII Preface

    I would like to express my deepest gratefulness to my husband Benjamin Sommer for his love and enduring support. In being a role model of a disciplined and sanguine researcher, he continuously encouraged me to pursue my research efforts until the finishing point.

    My deepest gratitude is owed to my family, who has provided fruitful ground, inspiration and support for all my achievements. Sadly, my father did not live long enough to see this dissertation completed. I dedicate this work to him.

    Hamburg, September 2012 Claudia Sommer

  • Content Overview

    1 Introduction ........................................................................................................... 1

    2 Background ......................................................................................................... 13

    3 Theoretical Framework ........................................................................................ 27

    4 Data and Methodology......................................................................................... 65

    5 Empirical Part I: Drivers at Aggregate Level ....................................................... 95

    6 Empirical Part II: Drivers at Industry Level ....................................................... 169

    7 Empirical Part III: Performance Implications ..................................................... 209

    8 Practical Implications ........................................................................................ 241

    9 Summary and Conclusion .................................................................................. 253

    10 Appendices ........................................................................................................ 259

    11 Bibliography ...................................................................................................... 277

  • Table of Contents

    Preface..................................................................................................................... VII

    Content Overview ...................................................................................................... IX

    Table of Contents ...................................................................................................... XI

    List of Figures ....................................................................................................... XVII

    List of Tables .......................................................................................................... XIX

    List of Abbreviations ........................................................................................... XXIII

    Abstract (English) ................................................................................................. XXV

    Abstract (German) .............................................................................................. XXVII

    1 Introduction ........................................................................................................... 1

    1.1 Motivation of Research ............................................................................................. 1 1.2 Problem Statement and Research Gap ....................................................................... 2 1.3 Purpose of Study ....................................................................................................... 5 1.4 Research Met