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Cass Business School to track performance of private equity backed IPOs on London market

Mario Levis, Cass Professor of Finance, is collaborating with the London Stock Exchange and the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) to research the success of private equity backed Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) when they float on the London stock market.

The research will assess the attractiveness of the London markets for private equity backed IPOs and will be based on two key aspects of performance; relative importance of different exit routes and initial and long term aftermarket performance.

This project will focus on IPOs which have been floated in recent years. The data for the research, provided by the London Stock Exchange, is being made exclusively available to Cass for this project.

The rapid growth of the private equity industry in recent years has created a lively debate on the economic benefits, potential risks, the performance of private equity backed companies and the role of stock exchanges as a means of divestment.

The research will be an ongoing piece of work with a yearly release on aftermarket performance and six month updates on exit routes. It is aimed that the first yearly release and full launch of the research piece will be in February 2008.

Simon Walker, Chief Executive of the BVCA said: "This is an important piece of research that should help to demonstrate just how much value private equity adds to the companies in which it invests. It is also another step in the right direction towards demystifying the work we do in private equity and explaining why the industry is a global success story for the UK."

Nick Langford, Head of UK Business Development & Corporate Advisers Company Services, London Stock Exchange, said: "The London Stock Exchange provides a choice of efficient primary markets designed to give issuers off all types the best possible opportunity to raise capital and maximise the value of their company. This research will demonstrate the opportunities that our markets offer the private equity investment community in realising their investment goals."

Professor Levis said: "The popularity of private equity backed companies floating on the London Stock Exchange is a recent phenomenon which has not been widely studied. This research aims to determine the level of success these companies achieve, which may also indicate why companies find the London markets so attractive."

Cass is committed to continued research into private equity and Mario Levis is heading up the Cass Private Equity Centre which will promote understanding and provide evidence of the key issues and challenges facing participants in the private equity industry. For more information please visit

Dimitra Koutsantoni | alfa
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