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The Evolution of Private Equity Fund Value


Jul 15, 2021 11:15 AM

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Jian Zhang, PhD, CFA
Partner, Investment Strategy and Risk Management @Adams Street
Jian is responsible for the strategic impact of the firm’s analytical capabilities, and the application of quantitative methods in the development and execution of setting strategy for our portfolios. Prior to joining Adams Street, Jian spent eight years on the quantitative strategy team at UBS O’Connor LLC and two years as a quantitative research analyst with Ronin Capital LLC.  Jian co-authored the following papers published in the Journal of Alternative Investments, “Oil Price Movements and Risk of Energy Investments” (Spring 2017, Vol. 19, No. 4) and “Performance of Private Credit Funds: A First Look” (Fall 2018, Vol. 21, No. 2). Education: Beijing University, Diploma University of Oslo, BS, MSc University of Chicago, PhD Investment/operational experience: 25 years Languages: Mandarin, Norwegian
Gregory Brown, PhD
Professor of Finance, Director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise @University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Greg Brown is a professor of finance and director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. He also is the founder and research director of the Institute for Private Capital. His recent research centers on alternative investments, including hedge funds and private equity funds. He also is a leading expert on financial risk and the use of derivative contracts as risk management tools. Dr. Brown’s research has been published in leading academic and practitioner finance journals, including The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial Economics, The Review of Financial Studies, The Journal of Derivatives and The Financial Analyst Journal. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Alternative Investments. He previously served as director of research for Amundi Smith Breeden Associates, a global asset management firm specializing in fixed income investments.
Wendy Hu, PhD
Senior Researcher, Institute for Private Capital @Burgiss
Wendy Hu is responsible for academic research projects in the area of Private Capital as well as managing relationship with the Private Equity Research Consortium. She joined Burgiss in 2013. Prior to this, she was a senior quantitative researcher at Permal Asset Management, where she carried out research of fund of funds performance and risk management. Prior to Permal, she was a co-portfolio manager at Zebra Capital Management. She received her Ph.D. in finance from the University of Florida in 2007, and her MA in finance from Beijing University in 2002.