Annual Private Capital Research Conference

The annual private capital research conference is a forum to explore the latest research advances in private equity, private debt, venture capital, and real assets by combining academic and practitioner perspectives. This academic conference will take place in Lausanne on June 25-26, 2020.

We are pleased to announce our two keynote speakers for this year: Prof. Josh Lerner, Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School and Prof. Ayako Yasuda, Professor of Finance at UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

We welcome submissions of research papers on private equity (such as venture capital, growth capital, and LBO), debt (such as direct lending, unitranche and mezzanine, and distressed debt) and real assets (such as real estate, infrastructure and energy), but also, more broadly, papers improving

Topics: Prospective topics include, but are not limited to risks, performance and liquidity of private markets funds, direct and co-investments; the ecosystem of private fund managers and their incentives; funds of funds and secondaries; asset allocation and portfolio construction; private markets and ESG; as well as industrial and sectoral analyses.

Submission A (preliminary) version of the paper must be sent to by March 31, 2020. Decisions will be communicated by April 30, 2019.

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2020

Organizing committee:

  • Serge Darolles, Université Paris-Dauphine
  • Cyril Demaria, Wellershoff & Partners
  • Rüdiger Fahlenbrach, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Swiss Finance Institute
  • Emmanuel Jurczenko, Glion Institute of Higher Education

Scientific commitee: 

  • Gregory Brown, University of North Carolina
  • Serge Darolles, Université Paris-Dauphine
  • François Degeorge, Swiss Finance Institute and Università della Svizzera italiana
  • Rüdiger Fahlenbrach, EPFL and Swiss Finance Institute
  • Roland Füss, University of St. Gallen
  • Zsuzsanna Fluck, Michigan State University
  • José-Miguel Gaspar, ESSEC
  • Martin Hoesli, University of Geneva
  • Tim Jenkinson, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Emmanuel Jurczenko, Glion Institute of Higher Education
  • Benoit Leleux, IMD
  • Ludovic Phalippou, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • David Robinson, Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and NBER
  • Per Strömberg, Stockholm School of Economics





The conference benefits from the financial support of the Research Initiative ARDIAN/ Private Equity and Venture Capital, under the aegis of the Europlace Institute of Finance, EPFL, Unigestion and Wellershoff&Partners.