Venture Capital and Contracting


This chapter introduces the reader to venture capital and contracting, thereby laying the conceptual foundations of venture capital investing and contracting. In a brief introduction to venture capital, it presents important definitions, explains the investment process, and portrays the German venture capital market and the prevailing legal environment. It then moves on to describe venture capital contracts, their legal documents and components. Finally, the augmented contracting approach underlying the subsequent theoretical and empirical analyses is defined.


Venture Capital Initial Public Offering Private Equity Financial Instrument Venture Capital Investor 


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