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Anil Shivdasani

Professor of Finance

Anil Shivdasani is the Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor, director of the Wells Fargo Center for Corporate Finance, and a Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Scholar.

He is an award-winning teacher of mergers and acquisitions and corporate financial strategy.

His areas of expertise include corporate valuation, capital structure, financing strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance.

Dr. Shivdasani took academic leave to work as a managing director in the investment banking division at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. He has advised leading companies across the globe on strategic financial issues including valuation, capital structure, capital requirements, credit ratings, financial policy, M&A issues, liquidity management, acquisition financing, convertible instruments, pensions and corporate governance.

He has worked on numerous M&A and capital market financing assignments and his transactional experiences includes IBM’s acquisition of PwC Consulting, which received the Investment Dealer Digest Award for Best Technology Deal of the Year in 2002. He served as exclusive financial advisor to the U.S. Navy in its evaluation of Northrop Grumman’s spin-off of Huntington Ingalls Industries in 2011. In 2015 he advised General Electric on the acquisition of the energy assets of Alstom S.A., the largest takeover  in the company’s history.

His background includes extensive experience with clients in the financial services, industrial, and technology sectors. He has written several widely circulated investment banking reports on current financial trends such as transformational M&A, pension plan underfunding, the credit crisis, banking sector turmoil, sovereign wealth funds, hedge fund activism, private equity, leveraged restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, share buybacks, dividend policy and hybrid securities.

Dr. Shivdasani is the author of numerous corporate finance articles that have appeared in the leading academic journals in finance, including Harvard Business Review, the Journal of FinanceReview of Financial Studies and Journal of Financial Economics. His research has been discussed in The Wall Street JournalThe New York TimesFinancial TimesSloan Management ReviewBusinessweek, CFOTreasury and Risk ManagementReuters Merger Week and Directorship.

He received the Bullard Impact Award in 2014 in recognition of the impact of his research on business practices.

He is a research fellow of the Asian Institute for Corporate Governance and the Center for Corporate Governance at Drexel University. He has served on several journal editorial boards, including as an associate editor of the Journal of FinanceFinancial ManagementReview of Financial Economics and Corporate Governance and Control.

He received his PhD in finance from Ohio State University and his BA in economics with honors from Delhi University.