Barriers to small-scale private equity

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This study examines the barriers preventing Australian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from accessing small-scale private equity (SSPE) markets. Using a mixed methods approach of survey, interviews, and archival research, the findings reveal that 46% of SMEs are interested in seeking equity funding, contrary to expectations based on capital structure theories. However, there is a mismatch between the supply and demand for SSPE, with very few SMEs able to meet the stringent investment criteria of private equity (PE) firms. This is a practitioner version of Dwyer, Duncan, and Southam (2020) published in the Accounting Research Journal
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2021


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