Bilge Yilmaz, PhD

Wharton Private Equity Professor; Professor of Finance; Director, Wharton Alternative Investments Initiative, The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Corporate finance, alternative investments, game theory, political economy

About Bilge:

Bilge Yilmaz is the Wharton Private Equity Professor and professor of finance at the Wharton School. Prior to his current appointment, he was a faculty member at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He received his first degrees in electrical engineering and physics from Bogaziçi University and his PhD in economics from Princeton University.

Professor Yilmaz’s research focuses on corporate finance, alternative investments, and political economy. Recently, he has written on corporate governance, credit rating agencies, hedge funds, private equity, security design, short-selling constraints, corporate bankruptcy, and banks’ internal risk models. His earlier articles appeared in leading academic journals including the top three in the field: Econometrica, American Economic Review, and Journal of Political Economy.

Professor Yilmaz has designed a number of courses in corporate finance and alternative investments. He currently teaches courses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate bankruptcy, and European financial markets. He also leads the Wharton School’s Alternative Investments Initiative. Outside of Wharton, he is actively involved in asset management.

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Executive Education Programs Taught:

Advanced Finance Program

Acquire the finance skills necessary to remain at the leading edge of success in numerous professions with this program that covers a comprehensive range of finance disciplines.Earn Wharton alumni status upon completion of six open-enrollment Finance programs. Some restrictions will apply.

Assessing Commercial Real Estate Investments and Markets

Discover how to add commercial real estate to your client’s or institution’s diversified investment portfolio. Become more discerning evaluators of real estate investment partners and opportunities in the U.S. and globally.

Private Equity: Investing and Creating Value

Academic Director

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.

Private Wealth Management Program

Experience the rigorous Wharton wealth management curriculum in a confidential setting with other affluent families. High net worth investors from more than 50 countries have attended this five-day program offered in conjunction with the Institute for Private Investors (IPI) since 1999.

Venture Capital

Academic Director

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