The Myth of Private Equity

Date and Time
Thursday, October 13, 2022
6:00pm— 7:00pm
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The Wharton Club of Charlotte invites you to join us for what is sure to be an informative discussion on the private equity industry from an insider's perspective. Once an obscure niche of the investment world, private equity has grown into a juggernaut, with consequences for a wide range of industries as well as the financial markets. Private equity funds control companies that represent trillions of dollars in assets, millions of employees, and the well-being of thousands of institutional investors and their beneficiaries. Even as the ruthlessness of some funds has made private equity a poster child for the harms of unfettered capitalism, many aspects of the industry remain opaque, hidden from the normal bounds of accountability.

Speaker:  Jeffrey C. Hooke

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Presentation and Q&A

Zoom (link will be sent upon RSVP)

Cost:  Free

About Our Speaker:

Jeffrey C. Hooke is a senior finance lecturer at the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. Earlier, he was a managing director at Focus, LLC, an investment bank serving middle market companies. Previously, he was a director of Emerging Markets Partnership (a $5 billion private equity fund), a principal investment officer of the World Bank Group, and an investment banker with Lehman Brothers. 

Hooke has been quoted widely in the business media. He is the author of five books; the most recent book was published in October 2021: The Myth of Private Equity, An Inside Look at Wall Street’s Transformative Investments” (Columbia University Business School Press). He has co-authored several peer-reviewed academic papers in finance and has written many position papers for non-profit think tanks on a pro bono basis. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BS from the University of Pennsylvania.


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