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Jim Seward

Jim Seward

Associate Professor of Finance

Room: 617
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Ph D, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Finance)
BS, Georgetown University (Business Administration)

Seward comes to Syracuse from the Wisconsin School of Business, where he served an associate professor of finance, investment and banking and recently completed a 15-year appointment as founding academic director of the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking. Seward teaches overseas at several institutions, including the International University of Japan and Helsinki School of Business and Economics, and serves as faculty dean of the Turnaround Management Association’s certification program. Previously, he taught at Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School and served as a senior economist at the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he authored significant pieces of regulatory guidance and rule-making during the implementation of Dodd-Frank.

Research Topics

  • Corporate Financing
  • Corporate Restructurings (Distressed and Non-Distressed(
  • Capital Markets (Debt and Equity)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Corporate Finance
Corporate Restructurings
Mergers and Acquisitions
Private Equity
Microfinance and Impact Investing

Seward’s research focuses on corporate restructurings, initial public offerings, the use of equity-linked securities by corporations and financial contracting. His research has been widely published in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies

Selected Publications
  • "What We Do and Do Not Know about Convertible Bond Financing", Journal of Corporate Finance, 2014