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Born in Vichy, France, on June 21, 1940, GWP immigrated to the United States with his parents and two brothers in March 1946, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1953.  He received a BA in History from the University of Rochester in June 1962 and an MBA in Finance from New York University in June 1971.  From June 1962 through June 1966 he served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the US Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Captain.

His firm, Wyser-Pratte & Co., has its origins in Paris, France, which his father, Eugene, opened in 1929, specializing in international arbitrage.  The firm was re-opened on Wall Street in 1948, and after a 25 year career with Prudential-Bache he resurrected the family firm Wyser-Pratte & Co. in February 1991.

He has authored two monographs for the New York University Salomon Brothers Center: Risk Arbitrage and Risk Arbitrage II, which are considered to be the standard textbooks in the industry.  Risk Arbitrage was updated and republished by John Wiley & Sons in 2009.  He is the recipient of The Alternative Investment News 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Wyser-Pratte became a driving force in the shareholder activist movement beginning in 1974.  He has maintained, throughout his 50 year career as both a risk arbitrageur and shareholder activist, a singular dedication to the basic tenets of shareholder rights and the need for investment managers to play a more active role in their investments.  During that time, Mr. Wyser-Pratte has initiated over 90 activist projects in 10 jurisdictions globally.  He has served on corporate Boards of Directors in both the United States and Europe.

Mr. Wyser-Pratte is former President and now Vice Chairman of the U.S. Marine Corps University Foundation, a former trustee (and now Trustee Emeritus) of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and served on the “Kitchen Cabinet” of the former Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the now Chairman of MCUF, Gen. James T. Conway.  He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

 

Bio

Born in Vichy, France, on June 21, 1940, GWP immigrated to the United States with his parents and two brothers in March 1946, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1953.  He received a BA in History from the University of Rochester in June 1962 and an MBA in Finance from New York University in June 1971.  From June 1962 through June 1966 he served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the US Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Captain.

His firm, Wyser-Pratte & Co., has its origins in Paris, France, which his father, Eugene, opened in 1929, specializing in international arbitrage.  The firm was re-opened on Wall Street in 1948, and after a 25 year career with Prudential-Bache he resurrected the family firm Wyser-Pratte & Co. in February 1991.

He has authored two monographs for the New York University Salomon Brothers Center: Risk Arbitrage and Risk Arbitrage II, which are considered to be the standard textbooks in the industry.  Risk Arbitrage was updated and republished by John Wiley & Sons in 2009.  He is the recipient of The Alternative Investment News 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Wyser-Pratte became a driving force in the shareholder activist movement beginning in 1974.  He has maintained, throughout his 50 year career as both a risk arbitrageur and shareholder activist, a singular dedication to the basic tenets of shareholder rights and the need for investment managers to play a more active role in their investments.  During that time, Mr. Wyser-Pratte has initiated over 90 activist projects in 10 jurisdictions globally.  He has served on corporate Boards of Directors in both the United States and Europe.

Mr. Wyser-Pratte is former President and now Vice Chairman of the U.S. Marine Corps University Foundation, a former trustee (and now Trustee Emeritus) of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and served on the “Kitchen Cabinet” of the former Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the now Chairman of MCUF, Gen. James T. Conway.  He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.