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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Wharton School’s Andrew Metrick To Lecture on Private Equity Funds Nov. 19

Professor Andrew Metrick will discuss “The Economics of Private Equity Funds” at the Inaugural Bert W. Wasserman Workshop in Law and Finance Monday, Nov. 19, in the Yale Law School Faculty Lounge. The lecture, sponsored by the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law, runs from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and is open to the public. 

Metrick says, “Private equity firms have more than $1 trillion under management and are participants in about one-quarter of all mergers and acquisitions. Despite this large role in the economy, researchers and policymakers mostly operate in a data vacuum, and much about these organizations remains shrouded.  In this research project, we get a rare glimpse of data for 238 private equity firms.  We use this data to explore the detailed contractual relationships between investors and private equity funds, and we analyze the difference in these relationships for venture capital funds and leveraged buyout funds.”

Metrick is Associate Professor of Finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 1999. He has won numerous awards for teaching and is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

The Bert W. Wasserman Workshop in Law and Finance was established by Craig Wasserman ’86 in memory and honor of his father, Bert W. Wasserman, a distinguished leader in the field of finance who exemplified the field’s highest professional and ethical standards. The goal of the workshop is to support the study of corporate law and finance by sponsoring workshops and discussion forums for the presentation of current research and the discussion of topical issues in law and finance by faculty from Yale and other universities, government officials and members of the bar.