About Claudia

Claudia Zeisberger


Senior Affiliate Professor of
Decision Sciences &
Entrepreneurship Family Enterprise
Academic Director, Global Private
Equity Initiative (GPEI)

Claudia Zeisberger is a Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship Family Enterprise at INSEAD, and the Founder and Academic Director of the school’s private equity centre (GPEI).

Before joining INSEAD in 2005, she spent 16 years in investment banking in New York, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Singapore. Professor Zeisberger is known for her extensive research on PE in emerging markets, and her output is a function of her close working relationships with private equity firms and their investee companies, institutional investors, Family Offices and Sovereign Wealth Funds.

She is the author of “Mastering Private Equity – Transformation via Venture Capital, Minority Investments Buyouts” and “Private Equity in Action” — Case Studies from Developed & Emerging markets

In the news

July 26, 2018


股权投资是非常古老的一个行业,但是私募股权(private equity,简称PE)投资则是近30年来才获得高速发展的新兴事物。《2018中国私募股权投资发展报告》数据显示,在募资方面,2017年中国私募股权市场募资金额达到1.8万亿元的水平,已经成为全球募资量最大的市场。在投资方面,2017年全年投资额达到1.2万亿元,已经远远超过欧洲市场。

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March 24, 2018

Research: The Institutionalization of Family Firms from...

As family offices grow in Asia, issues such as institutionalization and succession planning are becoming more important in the region, according to recent findings from INSEAD.

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March 12, 2018

Time for Boards to see Private Equity as more than a fi...

The model and workings of the Private Equity (PE) has evolved over the years. The image of vultures seeking to prey on underperforming companies with steady cash flows in heavily leveraged transactions and riding the investment out to a successful exit has developed to one of highly proficient transformation agents seeking to impact businesses at critical junctures of their development.

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August 4, 2018

Trends: Tapping the opportunities offered by China unicorns

Although Silicon Valley has been a dominant force in the technology innovation and venture capital (VC) space, China is quickly catching up and its exponential growth is presenting investment opportunities. Nevertheless, it may be difficult for foreign investors to access this sector directly, say academics at INSEAD. According to Claudia

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August 4, 2018

Why Venture Capitalists Should Invest Like Poker Players

The private equity (PE) model is well established. PE investors analyse hundreds of companies and opportunities in detail before buying a minority or majority stake in a good company, which they manage over a few years with the goal of achieving a profitable exit. Rarely do PE funds deal with write-offs, and PE-owned companies in distress are known to do

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Mastering Private Equity

Mastering Private Equity was written with a professional audience in mind and provides a valuable and unique reference for investors, finance professionals, students and business owners looking to engage with private equity firms or invest in private equity funds. From deal sourcing to exit, LBOs to responsible investing, operational value creation to risk management, the book systematically distills the essence of private equity into core concepts throughout the private equity life cycle. It is available in English & Chinese.


Family Firms
November 21, 2017

Podcast: Institutionalization of Family Firms — Claudia Zeisberger, INSEAD

The question seems simple: How Can Family Firms Ensure Long-Term Value Creation? But as a new report – based on interviews 123 Asia-based family firms and 14 private equity professionals – shows, the answer may be more complicated. The report is titled “The Institutionalization of Family Firms,” and it covers a

November 1, 2017

Podcast: Mastering Private Equity & What’s Next — Claudia Zeisberger, INSEAD

For years, Claudia Zeisberger has found herself being asked what might seem like a straightforward question: What is Private Equity. It also might seem like a surprising question, given that global private equity assets under management run at about $2.5 trillion. It’s not like we’re talking about some hidden asset class. But