James Seward

Associate Professor of Finance
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Seward comes to Syracuse from the Wisconsin School of Business, where he served an associate professor of finance, investment and banking and recently completed a 15-year appointment as founding academic director of the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking. Seward teaches overseas at several institutions, including the International University of Japan and Helsinki School of Business and Economics, and serves as faculty dean of the Turnaround Management Association’s certification program. Previously, he taught at Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School and served as a senior economist at the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he authored significant pieces of regulatory guidance and rule-making during the implementation of Dodd-Frank.
MBA, , University of Maryland PhD, Finance, University of Wisconsin-Madison Other, Business Administration, Georgetown University
Corporate Finance
Equity Capital Markets
Debt Capital Markets
Corporate Restructurings
Mergers and Acquisitions
Private Equity
Microfinance and Impact Investing (i.e., Sustainable Finance)
Seward’s research focuses on corporate restructurings, initial public offerings, the use of equity-linked securities by corporations and financial contracting. His research has been widely published in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies


  • Mitigating the Corporate Valuation Problem in Chapter 11 Reorganizations: Transferable Put Rights and Contingent Value Rights

    Hausch, D.
  • Busted IPOs and Windows of Misopportunity

    Foster-Johnson, L., Lewis, C.
  • Taxes, Organizational Restructuring and Method of Payment Considerations in the Corporate Divestiture Decision: An Analysis of Morris Trust Transaction Structures

    Hausch, D.
  • An Empirical Analysis of Convertible Debt Financing by NYSE/AMEX and NASDAQ Firms

    Lewis, C., Rogalski, R.
  • How Permanent Are the Disciplinary Effects of High Leverage? Evidence from Investment and Acquisition Decisions Following Reverse LBOs

    Ivanov, V., Lewis, C.


  • What We Do and Do Not Know about Convertible Bond Financing

    2014 Journal of Corporate Finance, Dutordoir, M., Lewis, C., Veld, C.

  • What We Do and Do Not Know about Convertible Bond Financing

    2014 Journal of Corporate Finance,

  • Industry Conditions, Growth Opportunities and Convertible Debt Financing Decisions

    2003 ournal of Banking and Finance, Lewis, C., Rogalski, R.

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

    2002 Handbook of Modern Finance,

  • Financial Distress, Bankruptcy and Reorganization

    2002 Handbook of Modern Finance,

  • What’s Special About the Role of Underwriter Reputation and Market Activities in IPOs?

    2002 Journal of Business, Logue, D., Rogalski, R., Foster-Johnson, L.

  • Risk Changes Around Convertible Debt Offerings

    2002 Journal of Corporate Finance, Lewis, C., Rogalski, R.

  • The Long-Run Operating Performance of Firms That Issue Convertible Debt: An Empirical Analysis of Operating Characteristics and Analyst Forecasts

    2001 Journal of Corporate Finance, Lewis, C., Rogalski, R.

  • Is Convertible Debt a Substitute for Straight Debt or Common Equity?

    1999 Financial Management, Lewis, C., Rogalski, R.

  • Anatomy of a Governance Transformation: The Case of Daimler Benz

    1999 Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, Logue, D.

  • Understanding the Design of Convertible Debt

    1998 Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Lewis, C., Rogalski, R.

  • Agency Problems, Asymmetric Information and Convertible Debt Security Design

    1998 Journal of Financial Intermediation, Lewis, C., Rogalski, R.

  • The Information Content of Value Line Convertible Bond Rankings

    1997 Journal of Portfolio Management, Lewis, C., Rogalski, R.

  • Rearranging Residual Claims: A Case for Targeted Stock

    1996 Financial Management, Logue, D., Walsh, J.

  • The Governance and Control of Voluntary Corporate Spin-Offs:

    1996 Strategic Management Journal, Walsh, J.

  • Financial Distress, Bankruptcy and Reorganization

    1995 Finance, Senbet, L., Jarrow, R., Maksimovic, V., Ziemba, W.

  • The Acquisition of Restructured Firms: An Illustration of Market Discipline?

    1995 Journal of Economics and Management Strategy,3,4, Walsh, J.

  • Signaling with Dividends and Share Repurchases: A Choice Between Deterministic and Stochastic Cash Disbursements

    1993 Review of Financial Studies,6,1, Hausch, D.

  • Do Bond Investors Win or Lose?

    1992 Journal of Investing, Logue, D., Rogalski, R.

  • Dutch Auction Share Repurchases: Theory and Evidence

    1992 Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Hausch, D., Logue, D.

  • The Time Warner Rights Offering, Strategy Articulation, and the Destruction of Shareholder Value

    1992 Financial Analysts Journal, Logue, D.

  • Corporate Issues of Foreign Currency Exchange Warrants: A Case Study of Financial Innovation and Risk Management

    1991 Journal of Financial Economics, Rogalski, R.

  • On the Efficiency of Internal and External Corporate Control Mechanisms

    1990 Academy of Management Review, Walsh, J.

  • Corporate Financial Policy and the Theory of Financial Intermediation

    1990 Journal of Finance,

  • How to Manage Financial Risk

    1925 Handbook of Modern Finance,

  • A Market-Based Reform of the Bankruptcy Process


  • Corporate Restructuring and Reorganization

    1925 Handbook of Modern Finance,

  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances

    1925 Handbook of Modern Finance,

  • Jan 01, 1925

    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

  • Jan 01, 1925

    Knapp All-University Fellowship

  • Jan 01, 1925

    Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society