The Role of Institutional Investors in Corporate and Entrepreneurial Finance
Over the last several decades, institutional investors (e.g., mutual funds, hedge funds, endowment funds, retirement or pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, and private equity firms) have come to dominate global financial markets. If institutional investors are collectively the majority shareholders of most publicly-traded corporations, what roles do they play in corporate financial decision making, corporate governance, and various corporate events? Institutional investors have also been playing an increasingly important role in early-stage financing of entrepreneurial and private firms. This conference and Journal of Corporate Finance (JCF) special issue seeks to further our understanding of the fundamental role played by institutional investors in all aspects of corporate and entrepreneurial finance in a contemporary and global setting.
Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:
The role of institutional investors in various corporate events;
Institutional trading around corporate events;
Institutional investors and corporate governance;
Institutional investors and capital structure decisions;
Institutional investors and corporate payout policy;
Institutional investors and behavioral finance;
Institutional investment in start-ups and private firms;
Institutional investors and corporate innovation;
Institutional investors, banks, and venture capital;
Institutional investors, FinTech firms, and crowdfunding.