Kevin Kaiser, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Finance; Senior Director, Alternative Investments Initiative, The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Corporate finance, managing for value, private equity, financial distress

About Kevin:

Kevin Kaiser is senior director of the Alternative Investments Initiative and adjunct professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was professor of Management Practice and on the finance faculty at INSEAD since 1992. Kevin holds a BA (Honors) in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and a PhD in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kevin’s research has focused on private equity, corporate restructuring, and financial distress, more recently oriented around corporate governance and management for value creation. In addition to his research in academic and practitioner journals and newspapers, he has co-authored two books: The Blue Line Imperative with David Young, and Becoming a Top Manager with Michael Pich and I.J. Schecter.

Kevin teaches extensively in executive and degree programs. He joined Wharton in 2017 from INSEAD where he was an eight-time recipient of the MBA award for Best Teacher for Electives and a three-time recipient of the EMBA award for Best Teacher for Electives. In 2016, he received INSEAD’s award for Outstanding Contribution to Executive Education. In 2013, Kevin was a finalist for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s world-wide Business Professor of the Year competition. He brings to the classroom his deep knowledge of academic theory together with his real-world experience working in the corporate finance and strategy practice of McKinsey & Co. and as a principal with bfinance, a venture capital-financed marketplace for business finance.

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Executive Education Programs Taught

Private Equity: Investing and Creating Value
Gain exposure to the strategies that private equity firms use to structure and finance a deal and create value for their investors. Understand the key drivers in private equity and gain confidence in evaluating investment opportunities.

Venture Capital
Learn how to evaluate venture capital investment opportunities and do due diligence that will uncover pitfalls and mitigate risk.