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Michael S. Weisbach

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Michael Weisbach, the Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Finance, comes to Fisher from the University of Illinois where he served as the Stanley C. and Joan J. Golder Distinguished Chair in Corporate Finance, the academic director of the Stanley C. Golder Center for the Study of Private Equity and a professor of law. Weisbach has taught at the University of Chicago, the University of Rochester and the University of Arizona.

He is co-editor of The Review of Financial Studies and an associate editor of five other academic journals. Weisbach’s research and teaching interests include corporate finance, corporate governance and control and the private equity market. He has been published in more than 39 publications and his work has been cited over 13,000 times according to Google Scholar.

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance and Control
  • The Market for Private Equity


  • PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute for Technology
  • BS, University of Michigan
Finance 845 - Private Equity: Theory and Practice

Private equity funds are responsible for a large percentage of merger activity both inside
and outsider the U.S., and has been responsible for financing of most of the most
prominent new companies that have gone public in recent years. The organized private
equity market has become a major component of the capital markets.


Finance 922 - Corporate Finance Research - Doctorate Level

This is an advanced course in corporate finance. Its goal is to bring Ph.D. students to the
frontier of knowledge so that they can start doing their own research in this field.


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Publications in Refereed Journals