Diversity in the private equity landscape: how does ownership heterogeneity affect private equity investments?

Jeroen Verbouw


What was my dream when I was little?

My dreams changed a lot when I was little, but the one thing all of them had in common was that I wanted to help others. In a way this hasn’t changed. I still want my research findings to help practice and future research.

What am I doing when I am not working on my PhD?

You would find me most presumably among friends and family, or reading a book. I think it is of primary importance to read new ideas and perspectives. Looking at someone other’s vision on a specific topic keeps me open-minded and helps me to think outside the box.  

What is my PhD about?

I am looking at the differences among private equity investors, based on ownership heterogeneity. The private equity landscape is becoming more and more diversified. Traditional private equity firms are now competing with bank-affiliated funds, corporate private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, etc. More particularly, I am studying how this diversity affects the investments made by private equity funds.

Why is this important for practice?

It is important for a target company to know the private equity investor who wants to invest in the company. Since not all investors are equal, this could have implications for investment activity and strategy. Also for the limited partners who are funding the private equity funds, it is important to know the general partner who is investing their money. My research findings could help documenting these specific differences among private equity investors and their implications.

How do I like to be remembered after my PhD?

As someone who is passionate about what he is working on and whose energy is contagious. Someone who works hard to achieve his goals, who is devoted but also as someone who does not let his eagerness stop him from being helpful to others.

How do I see my future?

As hard as this question is for me, I know I will want to keep up with the most recent trends and research findings in the field. To build up expertise and to use that where ever I’ll find myself working in the future. While I still don’t know where that will be, but I do know that it will be somewhere where I can keep challenging myself.

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