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The Private Equity Secondaries Market During the Financial Crisis and the “Valuation Gap”

Hege, Ulrich and Nuti, Alessandro (2011): The Private Equity Secondaries Market During the Financial Crisis and the “Valuation Gap”. Published in: The Journal of Private Equity , Vol. 14, No. 3 (June 2011): pp. 42-54.

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Abstract

This descriptive paper analyzes the performance of the private equity secondaries market during the financial crisis 2008-2009, in order to understand the effective liquidity of private equity investments during this episode of market stress. We document that the secondaries market followed the development of the crisis very closely, with effective market liquidity contracting in early 2009 to only a fraction of the volume earlier, and a quick recovery afterwards that showed no signs of more protracted turbulences than the stock market. We argue that the particular form of illiquidity in the secondaries market can be best understood as the cumulative effect of behavioral and accounting-based elements. The available evidence indicates that the liquidity and the relative resilience of the secondaries market are efficient.

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