Bachelor Thesis from the year 2017 in the subject Economics - Finance, grade: 1,3, Technical University of Munich (TUM School of Management - Chairs of Entrepreneurial Finance), language: English, abstract: Private Equity (PE) funds are normally organized in a partnership. This partnership (General Partner - GP) jointly raises money from investors (Limited Partners - LPs). The ultimate goal of a GP is to create value with the acquisition, development, and sale of portfolio companies.
Besides taking value creation levers into account, the GP has a tremendous influence on the fund performance with its risk-taking in multiple aspects. Thus, there is no comparable risk measure in PE. For example, a GP can increase the riskiness of a deal with a higher financial leverage or more aggressive assumptions about the top-line growth of the underlying business.
The goal of this bachelor thesis is to evaluate the main value drivers in PE and compare risk measures with the latest advances of other fields, such as public markets.