OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Papers

The series provides comparative evidence and analysis on SME and entrepreneurship performance and trends and on a broad range of policy areas, including SME financing, innovation, productivity, skills, internationalisation, and others.


Alternative Financing Instruments for SMEs and Entrepreneurs

The Case of Mezzanine Finance

OECD governments have long assigned a high priority to improving conditions for access to finance for new, innovative and fast-growing SMEs and established firms pursuing expansion. This report analyses the potential and challenges of mezzanine finance for addressing diverse financing needs of SMEs and entrepreneurs, highlighting the advantages and costs in relation to other financing techniques. It is the first in a broader series of studies to map and analyse the full range of financing instruments for SMEs alternative to traditional bank credit. It describes the types of SMEs – or stages in their life cycle – for which mezzanine finance is best suited and the ways in which it is used to finance SMEs, comments on the evolution of mezzanine finance in the wake of the financial crisis, and analyses policy approaches to support its broader use.


Keywords: Mezzanine Finance, SME Finance, Public Programmes, Growth Finance, Financial Crisis
JEL: G28: Financial Economics / Financial Institutions and Services / Financial Institutions and Services: Government Policy and Regulation; G23: Financial Economics / Financial Institutions and Services / Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors; G20: Financial Economics / Financial Institutions and Services / Financial Institutions and Services: General; G32: Financial Economics / Corporate Finance and Governance / Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
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