Brad Chandler is the Director of the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking at the Wisconsin School of Business. At the Nicholas Center, Brad is responsible for both administering the Center’s specialized programming focused on MBA and undergraduate students and teaching a number of its core courses. Brad’s current teaching responsibilities include courses on Financial Modeling and Valuation (FIN 765), Applied Corporate Finance I and II (FIN 850, 851 & 365), and a new course on Cryptocurrencies. In addition, Brad advises a number of student groups including the Graduate Finance Organization, the Investment Banking Club and Badger Blockchain.
Prior to joining the Nicholas Center in 2017, Brad was a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley in New York City. While at Morgan Stanley, Brad advised corporate and private equity clients on mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism and defense, leveraged buyouts, debt and equity financings, restructurings, and fund-level financings. Brad successfully executed over 55 transactions representing over $225 billion in transaction value. Representative transactions include advising Dow on its merger with DuPont, advising Axiall on its hostile defense against Westlake Corporation, advising Agrium on its proxy contest victory over JANA Partners, advising Dresser Rand on its sale to Siemens AG, the Trinseo and Sensata IPOs, and numerous financings for Bain Capital, Advent Capital Management, Clayton Dubilier & Rice, CF Industries, and Eastman Chemical.
Brad received his JD and MBA degrees from the University of Chicago, received a BA in Public Policy from Duke University and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Brad enjoys exploring Madison with his wife Sara and his 4 year-old son Edmond.