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Title: Features and determinants of risk in investment choices by private equity funds Authors:  Barbara Chizzolini - Universita Bocconi (Italy) [presenting]
Leonella Gori - SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy)
Stefano Gatti - Universita Bocconi (Italy)
Abstract: A measure of riskiness of Private Equity (PE) assets is proposed which is an alternative to the CAPM derived beta coefficient usually suggested in the literature on performance of PE Funds. We assume that at any given point in time there exist alternative investment opportunities that can be classified into a limited number of types, and that Funds manage their Portfolio optimally, within the range of investments allowed by their Placement Memorandum. We first estimate a discrete choice model of the Fund Managers investment decisions by type of PE investment, as a function of the observed characteristics of the Fund, of the Deal and of the Portfolio Company, as well as of the year when the deal is closed. Given the chosen type of investment, we then estimate the probability of negative returns of each deal in each investment class. These predicted probabilities together with the historical expected shortfalls by investment type, yield the Expected Loss by deal, the measure of pure risk we propose. We find that it is possible to identify the idiosyncratic features of each investment type and that the patterns and degrees of riskiness differ quite significantly among them.