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GROH Alexander

Alexander GROH

Professor of Finance

Dr. Groh specializes on Venture Capital, Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance research. He is coauthor of the Global Venture Capital and Private Equity Country Attractiveness. Index : http://blog.iese.edu/vcpeindex/.


  1. Since March 2012 : Professor of Finance at EMLYON Business School - Ecully, France
  2. September 2010 – Feb. 2012 : Associate Professor of Finance at EMLYON Business School - Ecully, France
  3. January 2010 – July 2010 : Visiting Fellow at the School of Banking and Finance of the University of New South Wale (UNSW) - Sydney, Australia
    Teaching tasks included one course on Venture Capital and Private Equity, and one course on Portfolio Management
  4. Since November 2008 : Research Fellow of the International Center for Financial Research (CIIF) at IESE Business School, University of Navarra - Barcelona, Spain
    Research project on a world-wide Venture Capital and Private Equity country attractiveness index
  5. Since 2007 : Adjunct Professor of Free University of Bolzano - Bolzano, Italy
    Teaching an elective course on Entrepreneurial Finance
  6. April 2007 – August 2010 : Associate Professor of Finance at GSCM – Montpellier Business School - Montpellier, France                                             
  7. May 2006 – March 2007 : Visiting Research Fellow at IESE Business School, University of Navarra - Barcelona, Spain
    Research project on Venture Capital and Private Equity inCentral Eastern Europe
  8. September 2004 – April 2005: Visiting Research Fellow at INSEAD - Fontainebleau, France
    Research project on measuring risk-adjusted buyout performance
  9. February 11th, 2004 : Received Doctorate Degree (summa cum laude) from Darmstadt University of Technology- Darmstadt,Germany
    Ph.D. thesis is titled “Risk-Adjusted Performance of Private Equity Investments”
  10. January 1999 – Dec. 2006 : PhD Student and then Assistant Professor Darmstadt University of Technology -Darmstadt, German
    Responsible for particular lectures, seminars, master theses, marketing activities, sponsoring and external affairs
  11. October 1990 – April 1998 : Darmstadt University of Technology - Darmstadt,Germany
    Joint Master´s degree (Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing.) in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering, specialized in finance and aerospace engineering
  12. August 1988 - July 1990 : B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. KGaA - Frankfurt, Germany
    Apprenticeship in investment banking. Completed training at top 1%-level in Frankfurt
  13. June 1988 : Woehlerschule - Frankfurt, Germany
    Graduation with secondary school diploma


  • November 1996 – present : Quadriga Capital Services GmbH - Frankfurt, Germany 
    Consultant for an independent Private Equity Fund, performing research, valuation, marketing and investor relations tasks
  • September – Dezember 1998 : M.C. Wilhelm Associates - Chicago,USA  
    Employed with a consulting firm specialised on energy risk, developing pricing tools for electricity derivatives
  • March 1996 – April 1998 : Finance and Banking Chair - Darmstadt University of Technology - Darmstadt,Germany. Research Assistant
  • June - September 1994 : Banco de Castilla - Salamanca, Spain
    Internship in the controlling department and in a branch
  • January - April 1994 : P. A. Becker & Co- Johannesburg, South Africa
    Internship as a trainee auditor in a chartered accountants/consultants company
  • October 1992 - April 1993 : B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. KGaA -Frankfurt,Germany
    Part-time employee (one to two days a week) in the controlling department of Metzler Bank
  • August - September 1990 and September - October 1991 : P.I.V. GmbH & Co. KG - Bad Homburg, Germany. Internship position in a factory (mandatory for the engineering bachelor degree) : gained workfloor experience and insight into production processes
  • March and April 1991 : B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. KGaA - Frankfurt,Germany
    Temporary employment in the credit department of Metzler Bank, controlling and managing particular credit exposures


 Languages : German (native), English (+++), French (++), Spanish (+)


Venture Capital and Private Equity, Entrepreneurial Finance

Courses taughtTop

Graduate courses such as “Entrepreneurial Finance, Venture Capital and Private Equity”, “LBOs”, “Shareholder Value Analysis and Company Valuation”, “Financial Strategy”, “Financial Markets”, and “Investments” at EMLYON Business School

Specialization course “Alternative Assets: Venture Capital and Private Equity”, and undergraduate course “Portfolio Management”, both 30 hours in the winter term at UNSW, 2010

“Corporate Finance I”, “Corporate Finance II”, “Financial Strategy”, “Finance and Investments”, and “Financial Engineering” (all of them 20 to 30 hours courses on the graduate level) at GSCM –MontpellierBusinessSchool

Invited lecture “Entrepreneurial Finance” at ESC Toulouse, France in the 2009 Summer Term

Since 2007 “Entrepreneurial Finance,Business Plans and Venture Capital” 60 hours full lecture series at Free University of Bozen Bolzano, mandatory lecture for the Graduate program “Global Management and Markets – Majoring in Entrepreneurship”

“Corporate Finance”, 30 hours full lecture series, held annually from 1998 to 2006 at Darmstadt University of Technology – mandatory lecture for the Master´s candidates in Finance

Occassionally “Foundations of Finance”, mandatory lecture for all Master Candidates at my time at Darmstadt University of Technology

Occasionally “Fundamentals of Business Administration”, mandatory lecture for Bachelor´s Candidates at my time at Darmstadt University of Technology

Invited lecture series for “General Corporate Finance and Banking” at the University Polytehnica of Bucharest, Romania, two weeks in June 1999

Invited lecture seriesin “European Foundations of Finance and Banking” for South-East-Asian Executives on behalf of the German Foundation for International Development,Berlin,Germany, one week in April 1998

Research InterestTop

Venture Capital, Private Equity, Entrepreneurial Finance


  1. Referee Activities :

Referee activities for the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of International Money and Finance, the Journal of Business Venturing, the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Praxis, the Journal of Economic Surveys, Frontiers in Finance and Economics, for the German Journals “DBW - Die Betriebswirtschaft” and “Kredit und Kapital”, for the Swiss Journal “Die Unternehmung”, and for numerous conferences.