Thesis Title: 'Corporate governance in private equity-owned companies'
Research Interests: Company law, corporate governance, private equity and venture capital
There is considerable academic research into the performance of these companies, and good evidence that they perform well across a number of metrics. My research will build on that body of research and examine how, in practice, UK private equity backed companies are governed, and the extent to which existing law facilitates – or hampers – such governance.
Existing academic theory would suggest that “one size fits all” governance frameworks are not helpful, and that effective governance mechanisms will be created by sophisticated firms to deal with specific company needs. I will examine the extent to which this is true in practice using empirical data, and measure existing legal rules by their ability to accommodate and encourage the adoption of such bespoke mechanisms.
I expect my research to inform Europe’s
critical corporate governance debate. It will be of interest
to anyone who wants to better understand which forms of
governance – and which company law frameworks – drive
companies to create long term sustainable value. That is a
subject of acute interest to practitioners, academics,
policy-makers, and to society as a whole.
Before joining LSE’s PhD programme I was a partner practising private equity law at King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin. My first degree was in Law at Oxford University, and I have also attained an MPhil in Law from Leicester University and an MBA from INSEAD.
I currently chair the British Private Equity
and Venture Capital Association’s (BVCA) Legal & Technical
Committee, and the European Private Equity and Venture
Capital Association’s (EVCA) Tax, Legal and Regulatory
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