Wisconsin School of Business

James Seward

Executive Director of the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking

Associate Professor - Finance, Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking

James K. Seward is an associate professor in the department of Finance, Investment, and Banking within the Wisconsin School of Business. In addition, he is the executive director of the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking.

Seward teaches corporate finance, financial management, corporate restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions. Research interests include corporate restructurings, initial public offerings, use of equity-linked securities, and the medium of exchange in corporate takeovers. His articles have appeared in leading academic journals.

Seward has consulted with institutions such as the Wisconsin Public Service Commission, New York State Public Service Commission, Arthur Andersen and Co., Boston Consulting Group, Citicorp, and others. He worked previously in corporate finance with Washington Gas Light Company and Marsh & McLennan.

He holds a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 

Selected Published Journal Articles


Hausch, D., & Seward, J. (1993). Signaling with Dividends and Share Repurchases: A Choice Between Deterministic and Stochastic Cash Disbursements. Review of Financial Studies (6), 121-154. doi: 10.1093/rfs/6.1.121.
Hausch, D., Dennis, L., & Seward, J. (1992). Dutch Auction Share Repruchases. Journal of Applied Corporate Finance (5), 44-49. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-6622.1992.tb00479.x.

Undergraduate Courses


Contemporary Topics (FIN 365 Section 1), Fall 2007.

Contemporary Topics (FIN 365 Section 1), Spring 2007.

Honors Thesis
Course DescriptionA course for the exploration of subject areas possibly to be introduced into the business curriculum.
(FIN 365 Section 1), Fall 2007.



Graduate Courses


Applied Corporate Finance
Course DescriptionAdvanced corporate finance course that provides graduate students practical experience by working on consulting projects. Students work on applied projects in the areas of capital budgeting, capital structure and cash distribution policies. Emphasis on application of theoretical corporate finance concepts.
(FIN 851 Section 1), Spring 2007.

Applied Corporate Finance
Course DescriptionStudents apply advanced corporate finance training in the areas of real options, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring and reorganization to problems provided by corporate sponsors. Development of analytical, written and oral presentation skills through presentations to the corporate sponsors.
(FIN 850 Section 1), Fall 2007.

Contemporary Topics (FIN 765), Fall 2001.

Contemporary Topics (FIN 765), Spring 2002.

Contemporary Topics (FIN 765), Fall 2003.

Contemporary Topics (FIN 765), Spring 2001.

Contemporary Topics (FIN 765), Spring 2004.

Financial Policy
Course DescriptionFinancial policy decisions such as working capital management, dividend policy, capital structure and cost. Case studies emphasized.
(FIN 755 Section 1), Spring 2009.

Financial Policy
Course DescriptionFinancial policy decisions such as working capital management, dividend policy, capital structure and cost. Case studies emphasized.
(FIN 755), Spring 2002.

Financial Policy
Course DescriptionFinancial policy decisions such as working capital management, dividend policy, capital structure and cost. Case studies emphasized.
(FIN 755), Spring 2003.

Financial Policy
Course DescriptionFinancial policy decisions such as working capital management, dividend policy, capital structure and cost. Case studies emphasized.
(FIN 755), Spring 2001.

Financial Policy
Course DescriptionFinancial policy decisions such as working capital management, dividend policy, capital structure and cost. Case studies emphasized.
(FIN 755 Section 1), Spring 2010.

The Market for Corporate Control
Course DescriptionStudy of the market for corporate control including mergers and tender offers. Motives for business combinations; impacts on security holders, managers, labor, economic efficiency; federal and state laws; offensive and defensive strategies. Term paper involving comprehensive analysis of issues.
(FIN 750), Fall 2001.

The Market for Corporate Control
Course DescriptionStudy of the market for corporate control including mergers and tender offers. Motives for business combinations; impacts on security holders, managers, labor, economic efficiency; federal and state laws; offensive and defensive strategies. Term paper involving comprehensive analysis of issues.
(FIN 750), Fall 2003.

Corporate Finance Decisions
Course DescriptionTheory and practice of corporation finance: financial security contracts; security issuance; capital structure; dividend policy; cost of capital; financial risk management; mergers, acquisitions, and financial restructuring.
(FIN 727 Section 1), Fall 2008.

Valuatn&Corp Investmnt Decisns
Course DescriptionTheory and practice of financial valuation for investment decisions: present value, modeling cash flows, hurdle rates, financial multiples, valuing private firms, real options.
(FIN 726 Section 1), Spring 2009.

Valuatn&Corp Investmnt Decisns
Course DescriptionTheory and practice of financial valuation for investment decisions: present value, modeling cash flows, hurdle rates, financial multiples, valuing private firms, real options.
(FIN 726 Section 1), Spring 2010.

Valuatn&Corp Investmnt Decisns
Course DescriptionTheory and practice of financial valuation for investment decisions: present value, modeling cash flows, hurdle rates, financial multiples, valuing private firms, real options.
(FIN 726 Section 1), Spring 2008.



Combined Undergraduate & Graduate Courses


Applied Corporate Finance II
Course DescriptionStudents apply advanced corporate finance training in the areas of real options, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring and reorganization to problems provided by corporate sponsors. Development of analytical, written and oral presentation skills through presentations to the corporate sponsors.
(FIN/FIN 365/851 Section 1), Spring 2010.

Applied Corporate Finance I
Course DescriptionAdvanced corporate finance course that provides graduate students practical experience by working on consulting projects. Students work on applied projects in the areas of capital budgeting, capital structure and cash distribution policies. Emphasis on application of theoretical corporate finance concepts.
(FIN/FIN 850/365 Section 1), Fall 2010.

Contemporary Topics: Applied Corporate Finance I (FIN/FIN 365/850 Section 1), Fall 2006.

Contemporary Topics: Applied Corporate Finance II (FIN/FIN 365/851 Section 1), Spring 2008.

Contemporary Topics: Applied Corporate Finance I (FIN/FIN 365/850 Section 1), Fall 2008.

Contemporary Topics: Applied Corporate Finance I (FIN/FIN 365/850 Section 1), Fall 2009.



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James Seward

Executive Director of the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
 
Associate Professor | Finance, Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking
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