Marc Zenner is a corporate finance, valuation, and investment banking expert. Dr. Zenner specializes in corporate transactions and valuation, including mergers and acquisitions, spinoffs, and debt and equity financings; and in capital allocation, including dividends, buybacks, and investment decisions. His experience spans a wide range of industries, such as consumer and retail, energy, industrials, and technology. He also has worked with firms in emerging markets. An experienced expert witness, Dr. Zenner has provided deposition and trial testimony.
For nearly two decades, Dr. Zenner held senior leadership roles at several major investment banks. At J.P. Morgan, he served as managing director and global cohead of Corporate Finance Advisory. He advised clients on developments in capital markets and corporate finance, capital allocation and capital structure decisions, and the structuring of complex transactions. He served in similar roles at Citigroup and at ABN AMRO. Currently, Dr. Zenner is chief financial officer at Persefoni, a climate management and accounting platform.
Prior to his career in investment banking, Dr. Zenner was the area chair and a tenured professor of finance at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He taught courses in corporate finance, international finance, risk management, and investments to both graduate and undergraduate students. He has also given guest lectures on current topics in corporate finance, including special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). Dr. Zenner has received multiple awards for outstanding teaching.
Dr. Zenner has published widely in major finance journals, including the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Over the course of his banking career, he authored more than 100 practitioner reports. He has served on the board of an SPAC in the energy industry. Dr. Zenner currently serves as a board member for three publicly traded firms and as a senior advisor to large technology and energy firms as well as technology start-ups.