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Jan Simon

University Lecturer, Finance / Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Room: SGL 3955

Phone: 778.782.5298



LLB (Leuven), LLM (Leuven), MBA (IESE), PhD (Essex)


Jan Simon is a Senior Lecturer at Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and has been an Assistant Professor at IESE Business School. In 2008 Jan held a Visiting Scholarship at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 
He teaches Investments, Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Ethics and Finance, Financial Management, Markets and Managers, Entrepreneurial Finance and Entrepreneurship at graduate level (MBA, EMBA, GEMBA, AMP and MOT). Jan also teaches senior executives in custom programs, this has included Anglo American, BMW, DNV, IFF, Rabobank, Santander, and Teleflex; as well as open enrollment programs such as Finance for Non-Specialists and Global Finance and Strategy for Senior Executives. Jan has taught executive level courses at ESCP-UAP, CEIBS, IESE, INALDE, INSEAD, IPADE, Lagos Business School, Nile University, Reykjavik University, SFU-Beedie, Thunderbird Management School, UCLA-Anderson and Vlerick. At Canada's Directors Education Program he delivers the module on Shareholder Engagement. He delivers courses in English, Spanish, Dutch and French.
From 2006-2011 he was a member of IESE's MBA committee and an Academic Director of the MBA Program. Jan has also been Academic Director for several custom programs. He is on the Dean's Roll for Excellence in Teaching. 
Before joining IESE, Jan worked in investment banking. He was an Executive Director for Goldman Sachs, heading the pan-European continental sales trading desk. Prior to that, he was Vice-President and co-head of Salomon Brother's emerging markets trading desk. He also served as a Director of Merrill Lynch's hedge funds advisors group. 
Jan earned his LLB and LLM from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium and his MBA from IESE Business School. He holds a postgraduate degree in investment advice from EHSAL, Belgium, and has a Ph.D. (Finance) from the University of Essex, U.K. His research covers networks in the investment world and their influence on systemic risk. 
He served the first battalion Para-Commando as well as NATO's Special Intervention Forces. He holds both Commando A and Parachutist A military certificates.

Research Interests

Hedge Funds, Alternative Investments, Entrepreneurial Finance, Sports Management, Networks

Selected Publications

articles and reports

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.

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.

books chapters and monographs

Alavi, A. R., Simon, J., & Seager, P. H. (2017). Corporate and entrepreneurial finance: Moving your business from back of the envelope to front of the class. In Rosenberg, M., & Seager, P. H. (Eds.), Managing Media Business: A game plan to navigate disruption and uncertainty (pp. 183-204). Palgrave Macmillan.

Related Teaching Material

Simon, J. (2014). Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Bill Ackman's Big Short of Herbalife. Case ID:SM-1611-E..

Simon, J. (2014). Squeeze into Infinity. .

Simon, J. (2014). Investment advice for Grace Osbourne. .

Simon, J. (2014). Hedge funds strategies. .

Simon, J. (2013). Canadian Pacific Railway and the creation of shareholder value (A). Case ID:F-895-E..

Simon, J. (2013). Canadian Pacific Railroad and the Creation of Shareholder Value (B). Case ID:F-896-E..

Simon, J. (2013). Risk Arbitrage: Glencore-Xstrata. Case ID:F-894-E..

Simon, J. (2013). Sports valuation. .

Simon, J. (2012). Vancouver Oakland. .