Bilge Yilmaz, PhD Wharton Private Equity Professor; Professor of Finance; Academic Director, Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investments Program, The Wharton SchoolResearch Interests:Corporate finance, alternative investments, game theory, political economyAbout 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 Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investments Program. Outside of Wharton, he is actively involved in asset management. Read full faculty bio on Wharton website Executive Education Programs Taught:Advanced Finance ProgramAcquire 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 in the Era of COVID-19Discover 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. Distressed Asset Investing and Corporate RestructuringCo-Academic DirectorLearn how to assess the long-term value of and investment opportunities in companies that are financially distressed. Become knowledgeable about the integral roles that business managers, professional investors, and banking advisors can play in restructuring corporate debt. Global CEO Program: A Transformational JourneyThis program meets in three non-consecutive weeks in three different countries – CEIBS in Shanghai, China; the Wharton School in Philadelphia; and IESE in Barcelona, Spain. Strengthen your knowledge of new markets, reflect on pressing issues, and broaden your skills as a senior leader. Investment Strategies and Portfolio ManagementDevelop investment portfolios that generate the highest return for your level of investment risk. This program provides a solid foundation for building optimal portfolios and effective tools for making better investments. Private Equity: Investing and Creating ValueAcademic DirectorGain exposure to the strategies that private equity firms use to structure and finance deals, and create value for their investors. Understand the key drivers in private equity and gain confidence in evaluating investment opportunities. Shareholder Activism and Corporate GovernanceCo-Academic DirectorLearn how corporate boards and C-suite leadership prepare for activist campaigns directed at their company, and discover effective solutions for managing the process when it occurs. Develop the fundamentals for both value investing and value-based management. Venture CapitalAcademic DirectorThis program will provide participants with a rigorous framework both to evaluate investment opportunities and to manage a multi-stage investment process in an innovative firm. Learn how to evaluate venture capital investment opportunities and do due diligence that will uncover pitfalls and mitigate risk. Wharton on the MarketsTremendous volatility in the financial markets has raised anxiety levels among both institutional and individual investors alike. Gain clarity and insight on how to view the investment horizon in the coming months. Wharton Finance faculty discusses topics from investing in stocks and bonds to alternative investments in real estate and private equity.