SPACs: Special, Speculative or Spam?

MoAF/Fordham Webinar Series

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

What exactly is a SPAC, or special purpose acquisition company? What would make some companies pick a SPAC over an IPO? And why are investors lining up to jump on the trend? Join us for an evening panel conversation explaining one of Wall Street’s hottest trends.

About the Speakers
Sris Chatterjee has taught a variety of courses, including Mergers and Acquisitions, Principles of Modern Finance, and Behavioral Finance, at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive M.B.A. levels. In 1995, he received Fordham’s Gladys and Henry Crown Award for Faculty Excellence at the graduate school. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur and his postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Columbia Business School. Before joining the Fordham faculty, Chatterjee taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Rutgers University, and Columbia University. He has taught in the Key Training Program at UBS Wealth Management, where he participated in curriculum development and wrote training material. He also has taught in executive MBA programs at other schools.

N.K. Chidambaran is an associate professor of finance at the Gabelli School of Business. Prior to his career at Fordham, he served on the faculty at Rutgers University and Tulane University. Chidambaran teaches corporate finance, corporate governance and risk management, and he does research in corporate finance and financial derivatives. His work has been published in leading academic journals, such as Journal of Financial EconomicsJournal of Risk and InsuranceJournal of Derivatives and Financial Analysts Journal, as well as in books and as part of conference proceedings. He has also made presentations at major academic conferences. He received his doctorate from the NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Peter Nesvold is the founder of Nesvold Capital Partners, a merchant bank that specializes in the financial services and transportation industries. A lawyer, chartered financial analyst, and certified public accountant by background, he previously served as chief operating officer (COO) of financial services investment banking at Raymond James, where he managed 56 bankers across seven cities, and COO and head of strategy at Silver Lane Advisors, the No. 1 ranked mergers and acquisitions advisor to asset and wealth management firms. At Silver Lane, Nesvold helped to drive a seven-fold increase in revenues over six years before the firm was acquired by Raymond James in 2019. Outside of work, he has published four books on mergers and acquisitions with McGraw-Hill and serves as an adjunct professor of finance at Fordham University.

James Russell Kelly, the director of the Gabelli Center for Global Security Analysis, is a senior lecturer in finance at the Gabelli School of Business, where he teaches courses in value investing and global investments. He is also the faculty advisor to the University’s Student Managed Investment Fund, through which Gabelli School of Business undergraduates invest $1 million of Fordham’s actual endowment in a variety of domestic and international asset classes. Kelly holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in economics from the University of Notre Dame.

This program is FREE, but advance registration is required. Registered guests will receive the Zoom link prior to the program.

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