Michael S. Weisbach

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
FIN 7216 - Private Equity

Theories of and applications in buyouts and private equity transactions.

FIN 8230 - Seminar: Corporate Finance Theory

Covers seminal theories of corporate finance such as those related to capital structures, contracting, and security design.

FIN 8260 - Seminar: Advanced Corporate Finance

Covers advanced topics in empirical and theoretical corporate finance.

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Publications in Refereed Journals



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