1st Annual Fordham Trending In Finance Conference

Activism: Rarely Understood, Yet Hotly Contested

Fordham Finance Society (FFS) is excited to announce our 1st Annual Trending In Finance Conference, Activism: Rarely Understood, Yet Hotly Contested. This year’s conference will feature a keynote speaker, a distinguished panel of industry experts, and multiple opportunities to network over hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. 

At FFS's conference, in a moderated panel setting, top industry leaders will share from their individual perspectives such things as, but not limited to the various routes to mount an activist campaign, why activism is becoming more wide-spread and why it has such a bad reputation. 

After the panel, there will be a 45 minute one-on-one moderated conversation with our keynote speaker, Jeff Gramm.

Join us for an evening of networking and discussion with keynote speaker Jeff Gramm, panelists, alumni, faculty, and current students.

Jeff is a hedge fund manager and an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School. He is also the author of the recently published #1 Best Seller "Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism"


Tuesday, April 12th | 5:30PM (Speakers commence at 6:45PM) | 150 W.83rd Street | Loft and Roof Terrace | http://www.150w83.com/venues/


Paul Johnson - Paul Johnson is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Fordham Gabelli School of Business, where he teaches the Seminar in Value Investing. Paul was appointed as a Fellow to the Gabelli Center for Global Security Analysis at Fordham University in August 2015. Paul is also an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, where he has taught 35 courses since 1992 on securities analysis and value investing to more than 1,500 students. Paul was granted the Commitment to Excellence Award by the 2016 Executive MBA graduating class. He is co-author of the The Gorilla Game, Picking Winners in High Technology, which reached Business Week’s best seller list and was the number one best-selling investment book on Amazon.com for several weeks in 1998. Paul was also a contributing annotator in 2012 to The Most Important Thing Illuminated, by Howard Marks and wrote the history of value investing in the forthcoming book celebrating the 100-year history of the Columbia Business School. Paul is also co-author with Paul Sonkin of the forthcoming, Pitch the Perfect Investment, The Essential Guide to Winning on Wall Street.

Paul Johnson runs Nicusa Investment Advisors, an advisory firm focused on helping CEOs and Boards of Directors deal with strategy, capital allocation, shareholder value creation, and corporate governance. Paul applies his 30 years of experience as an investment professional, combined with his more than 20 years as a business school professor, to help senior managers sort through these critical strategic issues.


Victor Anthony - Managing Director, Axiom Capital Management Inc., Research Division (Internet Media Sector)

Victor is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business, and CNN discussing trends on companies and the overall media and Internet space. Mr. Anthony's work is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, The Financial Times, and BusinessWeek.

Phil Denning - Managing Director, ICR Inc. 

Phil is the Co-head of the ICR’s special situations group and head of the firm’s real estate & financial services corporate communications industry groups. He counsels directors and executives on communicating mergers, acquisitions, activist and short defense campaigns, executive transitions, proxy contests, IPOs, restructurings, litigation and regulatory investigations. 

Aneliya S. Crawford - Partner, Olshan Frome Wolosky

Aneliya advises hedge funds and other large investors in connection with shareholder activism, mergers & acquisitions and hostile takeovers. She has experience providing strategic guidance to investors on activist strategies, including proxy contests, settlement negotiations, consent solicitations, letter-writing campaigns and hostile takeovers. Aneliya has represented activist investors in connection with over a hundred major shareholder activism campaigns. 

Timothy Brog - Managing Director, Locksmith Capital Management LLC

Timothy serves as Managing Director of Locksmith Capital a Hedge Fund with a "Deep Value" strategy. Additionally, he is the former CEO of Peerless Systems Corporation.


This is a FREE event, but tickets are still needed.

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For any questions or concerns please email jobrien101@fordham.edu

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