Finance Lecture Series

The Ross School of Business Finance Department has launched a lecture series, featuring professors at Ross as well as industry experts. The goal of the lecture series is to present interesting topics, relevant in today's world.

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Upcoming Lectures

Date Time Location Guest / Topic
TBD 5:00-6:00 PM (ET) Zoom

Speaker TBD

Title TBD


Past Lectures

Date Link to Recording Guest / Topic
Oct 8, 2020 Recording

Amiyatosh Purnanandam

"Fed's Response to the Pandemic - Impacts & Consequences"

Amiyatosh Purnanandam is the Michael Stark Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance at Ross. His recent research is related to banking, the subprime crisis, and mortgage finance - analyzing the causes and consequences of the financial crisis, measurement and reporting of risk in the banking sector, design of mortgage-backed-securities, and incentive issues in securitization markets.

Nov 12, 2020 Recording

Uday Rajan

"How FinTech May Change Our Lives"

Uday Rajan is the David B. Hermelin Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Finance at Ross. His research interests focus on informational and strategic issues in finance, with recent work on FinTech competition in payments.

Jan 28, 2021 Recording

Joseph Giles

From Wall Street to Running a Company: Life Lessons Key to Success

In his talk, Joseph Giles discussed the key learnings and practical considerations from working on Wall Street and running a PE-backed business in healthcare. Joseph is the President & CEO of Midwest Vision Partners, where he is responsible for leading MVP’s culture, growth strategy, and relationships with its physician partners. Prior to leading MVP, Joseph was the President and COO of Athletico, the third-largest physical therapy group in the US and before that, he held director level positions in private equity as well as in investment banking. Joseph holds MBA, JD and BBA degrees from the University of Michigan and serves on the boards of Florida Autism Center and Summit Dermatology Partners. 

Mar  11, 2021 Recording

Scott Hamerink

"FinTech Transforming Customer Engagement"

Scott Hamerink discussed the impacts across FinTech including trends and opportunities, as well as his career path and experiences. Scott leads strategy and consultation as an Associate Partner in IBM’s Enterprise Strategy (ES&iX) group. He leads advisory for business, digital transformation, and Fintech investments across Global Financial Services clients in this role. Before IBM, Scott led enterprise transformation efforts at Comerica Bank. A seasoned executive and entrepreneur, he has over 20 years of experience working across large organizations and startups. He received his MBA from The University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.

Apr 1, 2021 Recording

Andrew Wu

"Demystifying Blockchain Technologies: Seeing Beyond the Buzz"

Andrew Wu talked about the blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Andrew is an Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations and Finance and the Faculty Co-Director of Michigan Ross Fintech Initiative. He conducts extensive research and industry collaboration in FinTech, particularly in blockchain, cryptocurrencies and robo-advisors. His research also develops and applies machine learning and automated textual analysis methods to extract and quantify new financial and operating information from large-scale unstructured data.

Sept 30, 2021 Recording

Larry Halperin

"Distressed Investing"

Larry Halperin discussed the basics of distressed investing, the investment process, and the structure of the industry.  Larry is a partner in Chapman and Cutler LLP’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group, and Co-Office Leader of the firm's New York office. Larry focuses his practice on financial restructuring of distressed companies, high yield and distressed debt transactions, commercial lending transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Larry received his B.B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.