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Kevin Kaiser

Kevin Kaiser, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Finance; Senior Director, Harris Family Alternative Investments Program, The Wharton School

Research Interests:Corporate finance, managing for value, private equity, financial distress

About Kevin

Kevin Kaiser is senior director of the Harris Family Alternative Investments Program 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

Distressed Asset Investing and Corporate Restructuring

Co-Academic Director

Learn 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 Journey

Academic Director

This 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.

Private Equity: Investing and Creating Value

Discover how to secure returns that outperform other asset classes by honing your expertise on private equity investments. Delve into the effects of the pandemic; explore current strategies; and leave with the ability to confidently evaluate, structure, and build profitable investments within the private equity space.

Shareholder Activism and Corporate Governance

Academic Director

Learn 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 Capital

This 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 Markets

Tremendous 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.