Professor Tim Jenkinson | University of Oxford

Professor Tim Jenkinson

Professor of Finance & Director of the Oxford Private Equity Institute, Said Business School; Fellow of Keble College


Professor Jenkinson is a leading expert on private equity. His research has shown that, on average, historical private equity returns have outpaced public market returns by 3% to 4% each year, explaining the appeal of this little known industry. He has also demonstrated how the capital structure of leveraged buyouts can impact private equity performance.

He is the leading European expert on initial public offerings (IPOs) and has conducted extensive research on the conflicts of interest inherent in the relationships between investment banks, investors and companies. His research has revealed how and why international investment banks charge significantly higher IPO fees to American companies compared with their European counterparts.

Professor Jenkinson has held a number of influential advisory and consulting positions. He is currently chairman of the economic consulting firm Oxera and an academic advisor to KPMG's Global Valuation Institute. He has served on the boards of a number of European start-up companies and investment funds. He has consulted for a large number of companies, regulators, government agencies and industry associations, and has acted as an expert witness for various court cases and judicial reviews, including for the Financial Times in a high-profile libel action regarding IPOs (2006). 


  • Initial public offerings
  • Corporate finance
  • Financial markets
  • Regulation of monopolies
  • Private equity

Media experience

Professor Jenkinson is a frequent media commentator and his research has been featured in The Economist, Reuters, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Bloomberg and The Atlantic, among others.