23 April 2009 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

| Peter Klein |

Props to Molly Burress for pointing me to this article in today’s NYT on SecondMarket, a website that acts as a market-maker for illiquid assets. According to the Times SecondMarket is developing secondary markets for restricted public equities, bankruptcy claims, mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, and other non-marketed financial claims. As the Times points out, the weak IPO market of the last few years has made VCs reluctant to invest in early-stage ventures; by giving VCs an additional exit option, SecondMarket may increase the flow of venture funding.

Not addressed in the article: If SecondMarket succeeds, and grows, and begins to impose disclosure requirements on the companies whose (now-liquid) assets are traded, will private equity lose its purported advantrages over public equity, in the Jensen (1989) sense?

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