Marc Zenner

Independent Consultant;
Former Chief Financial Officer, Persefoni;
Former Managing Director and Global Cohead of Corporate Finance Advisory, J.P. Morgan;
Former Managing Director and Global Head of the Financial Strategy Group, Citigroup;
Former Area Chair and Professor of Finance, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Marc Zenner is a corporate finance, valuation, and investment banking expert. Dr. Zenner specializes in corporate transactions and valuation, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), spinoffs, and debt and equity financings; and in capital allocation, including dividends, buybacks, and investment decisions. His experience spans many industries, such as consumer and retail, energy, industrials, and technology. He also has worked with firms in emerging markets. As an expert witness, Dr. Zenner has extensive testifying experience, in depositions, arbitration, and at trial.

For nearly two decades, Dr. Zenner held senior leadership roles at several major investment banks. Most recently, he served as chief financial officer at Persefoni, a climate management and accounting platform. Previously, at J.P. Morgan, he was managing director and global co-head of Corporate Finance Advisory in the investment bank. He advised clients on developments in capital markets and corporate finance, capital allocation and capital structure decisions, and the structuring of complex transactions. Dr. Zenner served in similar roles at Citigroup and at ABN AMRO.

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.

Dr. Zenner has served on the board of a SPAC in the energy industry. He served as a board member for three publicly traded firms and currently chairs the audit committee of the board of OneSpan, a cybersecurity firm. He is also a senior advisor to a retail technology and a climate tech start-up.

Education

    • Purdue University, Ph.D.
    • City, University of London, M.B.A.
    • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, B.Sc., applied economics education
    • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, B.Sc., business engineering

Practices