James K. Seward

James K. Seward

Education & Credentials

  • BS, Business Administration – Georgetown University
  • MBA – University of Maryland
  • Ph.D., Finance – University of Wisconsin-Madison


James K. Seward is an Associate Professor of Business Administration and the Prochnow Fellow in Finance at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teaching duties currently include courses in corporate finance, financial management, corporate restructuring & reorganization, and mergers & acquisitions. He has also taught corporate finance programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and various other universities around the world.

Professor Seward has published extensively in leading finance and economics journals, such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Business, Academy of Management Review, and Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. He is a past editor of Financial Management, the largest circulation journal in the field of finance, and is a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for the Turnaround Management Association. His books include A Valuation Approach to Corporate Restructurings and Reorganizations: Methodological Approaches and Applications, Debt and Credit Markets: A Corporate Finance Perspective, Equity Markets: A Corporate Finance Perspective, and Mergers and Acquisitions. His current research focuses on the issues of risk management, investment banking, and auction rate securities.

In addition to his academic activities Professor Seward provides management education and consulting services on corporate finance issues, including intellectual property valuation, capital budgeting, corporate development, financing decisions, share repurchases and business valuation, to corporations, government agencies, and law firms nationwide. His clients have included such institutions as Marsh & McLennan, the Wisconsin and New York Public Service Commissions, Citicorp, Hewlett Packard, Kimberly-Clark, Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, UPM-Kymmene, Westinghouse, and numerous others. He has been retained as an expert by leading law firms, submitted expert reports and provided testimony on topics including, but not limited to, mergers & acquisitions, debt-for-equity swaps, bankruptcy and liquidation analyses, and the valuation of minority shares in closely-held corporations.