Professor of the Practice of Management of Entrepreneurship

• PhD in Finance, University of Essex
• MBA, IESE Business School
• LLM, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
• LLB, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Jan Simon is Professor of the Practice of Management in Entrepreneurship at IESE and the Academic Director of its International Search Fund Center.

Jan worked over two decades in the investment industry. He co-headed the Emerging Markets Trading Desk at Salomon Brothers, set up the Continental Sales-Trading Desk at Goldman Sachs, and was a member of Merrill Lynch’s Hedge Fund Advisory Group. He has been a Special Advisor to Pacific Lake Partners and is the Managing Partner of Vonzeo Capital, a global institutional investor in search funds.

His expertise is in the areas of investment strategies, mergers and acquisitions and, entrepreneurial acquisitions. He has managed money in equities, fixed income, search funds, and advised hedge funds in a variety of strategies. His research has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of Network Theory in Finance and the British Journal of Management.

Jan holds an LL.B. and LL.M. from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, an MBA from IESE Business School, earned his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Essex, holds the ICD.D Designation for corporate directors from the Rotman School of Management, and earned his AMP at Harvard Business School.

He served the 1st Battalion of Parachutists and Commandos -Special Operations Regiment-, as well as NATO’s Special Intervention Forces -ACE Mobile Force. He holds both the green and red beret.

Areas of interest

* Search Funds
* Entrepreneurial Acquisitions
* Mergers and Acquisitions


Journal Articles (refereed)

KELLARD, N., MILLO, Y., SIMON, J., ENGEL, O. (2017). Close communications. Hedge funds, brokers and the emergence of herding. British Journal of Management, 28 (1), 84-101. doi:10.1111/1467-8551.12158.
SIMON, J., MILLO, Y., KELLARD, N., ENGEL, O. (2016). Close communications. Hedge funds, brokers and the emergence of a consensus trade. Journal of Network Theory in Finance, 2 (1), 1-31. doi:10.21314/JNTF.2016.017.

Articles in other publications

DÁVILA, A., SIMON, J. (2007). El futuro del deporte rey. La liga inglesa, la más atractiva para los inversores. Revista de Antiguos Alumnos (105), pp. 20 - 25.
DÁVILA, A., SIMON, J. (2007). Why is Soccer a Business in England but Not Spain?. Sports Management. Alumni Magazine (105), pp. 18 - 22.


SIMON, J. (2021). Search funds & entrepreneurial acquisitions. The Roadmap for buying a business and leading it to the next level. Victoria, BC: Tellwell Talent.

Book Chapters

RAHNEMA ALAVI, A., SIMON, J., SEAGER, P. (2017). Corporate and Entrepreneurial Finance: Moving Your Business from Back of the Envelope to Front of the Class. In Mike Rosenberg and Philip H. Seager (Ed.), Managing Media Businesses: A Game Plan to Navigate Disruption and Uncertainty (pp. 183 - 204).


JOHNSON, R., SIMON, J. (2017). Re-Thinking Search Fund Incentive Structures. IESE.


SIMON J., J. (2020). AB inBev, Valuation. IESE, F-958-E.
SIMON, J. (2019). Santa's Workshop (B). Forecasting and Diagnosis. IESE, F-949-E.
SIMON, J. (2019). Santa's Workshop (A): Analysis and Diagnosis. IESE, F-948-E.
SIMON, J. (2014). Investment Advice for Grace Osbourne. IESE, F-904-E.
VANDEBROEK, T., FERRARO, F., SIMON, J. (2014). Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Bill Ackman's Big Short of Herbalife. IESE, SM-1611-E.

Technical Notes

SIMON, J. (2020). Letter to a Young Operator on Managing During a Crisis. IESE, EN-34-E.
SIMON, J. (2019). Bootstrapping and the Zero-Coupon Yield Curve. IESE, FN-642-E.
SIMON, J. (2019). Hedge Funds and Portfolio Management Applications. IESE, FN-641-E.
GUASCH J.,, MARTÍNEZ ABASCAL, E., SIMON, J. (2008). Debt Markets. IESE, FN-490-E.
GUASCH J.,, MARTÍNEZ ABASCAL, E., SIMON, J. (2002). Mercado de deuda. IESE, FN-490.