Due Diligence and Investee Performance

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Douglas J. Cumming

Florida Atlantic University

Simona Zambelli

University of Florence

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Date Written: March 2017


We estimate the economic value of due diligence (DD) in the context of private equity by investigating the relationship between DD and investee performance, while controlling for endogeneity. With the adoption of a novel dataset, we find evidence highly consistent with the view that a thorough DD is associated with improved investee performance. We also distinguish the role of different types of DD and show that the DD performed by fund managers has a more pronounced impact on performance. Instead, the DD mainly performed by external agents, i.e., consultants, lawyers and accountants, gives rise to puzzling results and imperfect matching.

Keywords: due diligence, governance, performance, private equity

Suggested Citation

Cumming, Douglas J. and Zambelli, Simona, Due Diligence and Investee Performance (March 2017). European Financial Management, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 211-253, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3600259 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eufm.12100

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Simona Zambelli

University of Florence ( email )

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