J. Christopher Flowers

We are delighted to announce that Chris, the CEO and Managing Director of J.C. Flowers & Co., will be our fourth guest speaker for the 2020/2021 university year. J.C. Flowers & Co. is a private investment firm dedicated to investing globally in the financial services industry.

Chris spoke with our society virtually on the 19th November 2020. We have pre-recorded the interview and the videos will be available shortly.

Background:

Chris worked at Goldman Sachs for 19 years and was a founder of Goldman’s lucrative financial institution's merger practice in the 1980s. At the age of 31, he was named one of the youngest Goldman Sachs partners in history, the same year as former Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein and former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain. Chris left Goldman in 1998 before its initial public offering.


In 1998, Chris founded J.C. Flowers & Co., a private equity advisory and fund management firm that has acquired major equity stakes in Shinsei, NIBC Bank, HSH Nordbank, and other financial institutions. As of 2017, the company manages assets of $6.7 billion. Chris was deeply involved in the financial crisis of September 2008. He was approached by AIG to advise it on avoiding an imminent financial collapse. Chris was well acquainted with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson from their days together at Goldman Sachs and was among the first to warn Paulson of the impending disaster at AIG. Chris continued to advise Bank of America as it gave up on a Lehman acquisition and went on to acquire Merrill Lynch. Chris's role in the crisis was portrayed in the 2011 HBO film Too Big to Fail. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Applied Mathematics.

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