The Nicholas Center is fortunate to have a strong instructional team with extensive experience in academia, corporate, banking and consulting. 

Academic Director

Antonio Mello is the Frank Graner Professor of Finance and the Academic Director for the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance & Investment Banking. His research interests are in corporate finance (risk management, capital structure, and security design), capital markets (arbitrage, manipulation, and crashes), and international trade and finance. 

Previously, Antonio Mello has taught at MIT-Sloan, Imperial College, London, the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, EdHEC, London Business School, and INSEAD. He was visiting scholar at the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Banco de España.

Mello has held director positions at RiverRock Investors, a commodity trading hedge fund, at investment banks Jefferies and Millennium-BCP, at Finpro, a private equity firm, and was the lead economist at the Central Bank of Portugal.

Mello holds a BSc in civil engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon, an MBA and an MA in economics from Columbia University, and a PhD in finance from the London Business School, University of London.

Nicholas Center-specific Instructors

Brad has a BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, a Juris Doctor and an MBA both from the University of Chicago. He started his career as a management consultant at American Management Systems, advising financial services and public sector clients on technology strategy and system implementations. He completed his MBA and Juris Doctor in 2007, and during that same year, Brad passed the New York Bar Exam. He then joined Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking Division and progressed to senior positions in the Financial Sponsors group and later in Chemicals and Natural Resources. Most recently, Morgan Stanley promoted Brad as Managing Director. During his time at Morgan Stanley, Brad advised corporate and private equity clients on M&A, shareholder activism, LBO’s, debt and equity financing, and restructurings. He successfully advised over 55 transactions representing over $225B in value.

Brad’s extensive financial modeling expertise, experience in project and team management, his enjoyment of mentoring, and in helping others progress will be a great asset to generations of CFIB students. His large network of c-suite and investor relationships will be very important in working closely with the Board of Advisors, in strengthening CFIB’s connections with our partner corporations, and in furthering new relations that will bring abundant and exciting opportunities to our students.

Nicholas Center Board Members and Alumni

Our 29-member Board of Advisors and alumni are very active in teaching and advising Nicholas Center students.  They lead weekly Current Topics discussions, mentor students, and provide expertise for our financial consulting engagements.

Core and Finance Faculty

Nicholas Center students benefit from the expertise of our top-notched core and finance faculty that are leaders in research and devoted to creating great classroom experiences.  Due to small class sizes, faculty gets to know students well and encourages active participation.  The core faculty takes an integrated approach to teaching the functional areas of business.  Our finance faculty brings their research and industry experience to prepare students for leadership positions in finance.