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John J. McCabe Lecture Series - The Big Short – A Look Back and Today's Relevance

Please join St. Francis College on April 28th at 6:30 pm for our next installment of the Professor John J. McCabe '65 Lecture Series: “The Big Short” - A Look Back and Today's Relevance. We are excited to virtually welcome a panel of distinguished professionals who will lead a vibrant discussion based on the film, “The Big Short,” a 2015 Oscar-winning adaptation of author Michael Lewis’s best-selling book of the same name.

The panel will be moderated by Edward F. McCabe IV, an Advisor at Oberon Securities. He will be joined by Vincent Daniel and Porter Collins, the co-founders and partners of Seawolf Capital. Based on their past roles at FrontPoint Partners, Vincent and Porter had a front-row seat during the housing collapse that sparked the Great Financial Crisis. Their experience and that of their colleagues were featured in the book and film, “The Big Short.” We hope you will join us for what promises to be an entertaining, thought-provoking, informational conversation about the movie, the Great Recession and its impact on the capital markets.

The Professor John J. McCabe ’65 Lecture Series exposes the St. Francis community to perspectives on financial topics from leaders and innovators in the world of finance and economics. McCabe is one of the country’s foremost experts on corporate governance, shareholder rights, and their impact on the country’s wealth creation and capital formation process.

Our Moderator:

Edward F. McCabe IV: Mr. McCabe is an Advisor at Oberon Securities, an investment bank that provides M&A, financing, and strategic advisory services to middle-market companies. At Oberon, he is focused on a variety of industries, including technology, media, and telecom (TMT), energy, industrials, and various consumer sectors, that draw on his over twenty years of investment experience in those areas.

In addition to serving as an analyst for several investment managers, prior to Oberon, Mr. McCabe was co-founder and co-portfolio manager of the Clean Value Fund, which Barclay Managed Funds Report ranked as its #1 and #5 energy fund for the calendar year 2012 and the three years ended December 2012, respectively. Ed began his Wall Street career in investment research covering the Enterprise Software and Internet/e-Commerce industries at CIBC World Markets and Merrill Lynch, where he was a publishing analyst at both firms. Ed is a graduate of Villanova University.

Our Panelists:

Vincent Daniel:
Mr. Daniel is a partner of Seawolf Capital, currently a family office and formerly a hedge fund focused on investing in publicly traded securities in the financial services ecosystem. In between founding Seawolf Capital, the hedge fund, and running Seawolf Capital, the family office, Mr. Daniel was employed at Citadel from 2017 to 2019 and managed a large portfolio specializing in financial services equities.

Prior to founding Seawolf in 2011, Mr. Daniel was a partner of FrontPoint Partners, LLC, from 2004 to June 2011, where he co-founded the FrontPoint Financial Services Funds. Mr. Daniel was previously a Senior Vice President – Specialty Finance at Keefe, Bruyette, and Woods from 2001 to 2003. Prior to this, Mr. Daniel co-founded and operated Graham Fisher from January 2001 to September 2001. Prior to Graham Fisher, Mr. Daniel was a Senior Vice President for Equity Research at Oppenheimer from 1997 to 2001 and an accountant at Arthur Andersen from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Binghamton University in 1994. His is a CFA charter holder.

A. Porter Collins: Mr. Collins is co-founder and portfolio manager of Seawolf Capital, an equity hedge fund.

Before Seawolf, Mr. Collins was a senior analyst and a partner of the FrontPoint Financial Services Fund, which was profiled in Michael Lewis’s book “The Big Short.” Earlier in his career, Mr. Collins was a financial services analyst and a retail/consumer analyst at Chilton Investment Co., Inc. and an analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Collins is a member of the Board of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the Board of Directors of the National Rowing Foundation, and the Board of Stewards of Power Ten New York Inc.

Mr. Collins was a member of the U.S. Olympic rowing team in 1996 and 2000. Mr. Collins earned an A.B. from Brown University.