The latest news, events, speakers, and the impact of national and international news on the financial world from the Nicholas Center.

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NEW Cryptocurrencies Course Available in Fall 2018

March 7, 2018

The Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is well positioned to tackle difficult subjects like these that demand careful examination and debate. Thus, WSB is introducing a course entitled Cryptocurrencies to ensure …

Global Trip to Spain

February 20, 2018

The MBA Global Course in Madrid was an uplifting, eye opening, and rewarding experience that I will not soon forget. Firstly, I had two key cultural takeaways – broadening my exposure to art and the …

Nicholas Center ACG Team Competes in Milwaukee

February 5, 2018

This February, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) will host an investment banking case competition in which MBA programs from across the country compete. Last week, six teams from the University of Wisconsin competed against …

What a CFO Needs to Know About the Evolving Multinational Tax Landscape by Michael Hilfiker (Nicholas Center, Class of 2019)

December 4, 2017

We tried something new at the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking this semester! We sponsored a talk by one of our current first year MBA students – Michael Hilfiker. Michael has a …

Bessemer Venture Partners Visits the Nicholas Center!

December 4, 2017

An investment professional from Bessemer Venture Partners recently visited the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking to discuss a wide range of topics with our students. Bessemer ( is the one of the …

How the Republican Tax Plan Impacts Levered Transactions: Be Careful of the Downside!

November 10, 2017

Key Observations: The two tax proposals we’ve analyzed (i.e., the reduction of the U.S. corporate tax rate to 20% and new limits on the deductibility of interest expense) have a net positive benefit on cash …

Nicholas Center Chicago Trek

November 2, 2017

The Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking recently completed its Chicago trek to network with key employers in downtown Chicago. The Chicago trek provided students with an opportunity to meet with companies at …

Why Amazon Didn’t Face Competition from Private Equity in Acquiring Whole Foods

September 29, 2017

In our first class as part of the Nicholas Center Class of 2019, we are building a full valuation model from scratch to analyze Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, Inc. In our analysis, …

Incoming Students See Fresh Perspectives in Barbarians at the Gate

August 30, 2017

Earlier this summer, even before setting foot on campus, our incoming class (Class of 2019) at the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking was busy reading Barbarians at the Gate by Bryan Burrough …

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