Paul A. Gompers

Eugene Holman Professor of Business Administration,
Harvard Business School,
Harvard University;
Senior Advisor, Cornerstone Research

Paul Gompers provides expert testimony in securities and valuation cases in a variety of industries. He has addressed issues of market efficiency, the valuation of public and private companies, factors affecting public company securities prices, the custom and practice of venture capital and private equity organizations, as well as the terms and conditions of employment agreements at entrepreneurial firms. He has served as an expert witness in several high-profile cases, including Private Equity Antitrust Litigation, IBEW Local 90 Pension Fund et al. v. Deutsche Bank AG et al., and Pao v. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC.

Professor Gompers’s research focuses on the structure, governance, and performance of private equity funds; sources of financing, incentive design, and performance of private firms; and long-run performance evaluation for newly public companies. His work on private equity funds has examined the relationship between general partners and their portfolio companies, as well as the relationship between institutional investors and private equity fund managers. Additionally, Professor Gompers has examined the relationship of corporate governance and firm performance as well as the role that institutional investors play in public equity markets.

He was a director of research at the Harvard Business School for nine years, currently serves as faculty chair of the M.B.A. Elective Curriculum, and as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also has served as a consultant, board member, or advisor to numerous companies, investment banks, private equity funds, and venture capital firms. Professor Gompers has coauthored several books and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed finance and economics journals. He is an associate editor and referee for a number of leading academic journals.

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