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John Gilligan Appointed As Director Of Saïd Business School’s Finance Lab

John Gilligan, a private equity and venture capital industry expert, has been appointed as Director of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford’s Finance Lab – a financial graduate training programme that is highly respected by financial services, recruiters and senior finance professionals. His leadership will build on the work of predecessor Andreas T. Angelopoulos, who founded the Finance Lab in 2013.

Gilligan is an adviser and educator who has initiated, led, structured and arranged finance for transactions in many sectors and jurisdictions, and he is the co-author of a series of books on Private Equity that feature on the reading lists of business schools across the world. He is a non-executive director and investment committee member of Big Issue Invest, one of the largest social impact investors in the UK.

The Oxford Saïd Finance Lab is a joint venture between the School’s Private Equity Institute, finance faculty and Careers Centre. It is offered to Oxford Saïd MBA, MsC and Finance students interested in a career in specific areas of finance, especially M&A, Corporate Finance, Leveraged Finance, Real Estate and Infrastructure Finance, Capital Markets, Distress & Restructuring, Private Equity and Asset Management.

The Lab takes place over two terms, and it introduces students to the key concepts, instruments, and models required for finance courses, electives, and interviews. It encompasses four finance competitions: the Bridgepoint Private Equity Challenge, Centerview M&A Challenge, Rothschild Global Advisory Challenge and the Hermes GPE Private Markets Challenge.

Before taking up his position as Director of the Finance Lab, Gilligan worked in the private equity and venture capital industry for over 25 years. He started his career in 1988 at 3i Group plc as a financial analyst, and was a Corporate Finance partner of Deloitte and latterly BDO for twenty years.