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Private Equity Insider: A candid chat with Tony James

Department of Finance public lecture

Although the private equity industry has existed for more than three decades and has grown to be an important actor in the world economy, it is still an industry surrounded by controversy. Proponents of private equity claim that the governance and financial structure employed in leveraged buyouts is a superior way to manage companies, while detractors claim that private equity practitioners simply engage in levered bets that endanger the future of companies and employees. In this ‘fireside chat’ Tony James and Felda Hardymon discuss candidly the truths and myths surrounding this controversial industry.

Hamilton ("Tony") E. James is president and chief operating officer of Blackstone, one of the world's leading investment and advisory firms. Blackstone’s Private Equity business is one of the world’s largest and most highly respected, with assets under management in excess of $24 billion. Prior to joining Blackstone Mr. James was chairman of Global Investment Banking and Private Equity at Credit Suisse First Boston. He graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Harvard College in 1973 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1975.


Hamilton ("Tony") E. James | talks
Chair: Professor Felda Hardymon | talks


Date and Time:

23 February 2011 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Old Theatre
Old Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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London School of Economics & Political Science
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