Mr. Guy P. Wyser-Pratte
Finance and Investment Committee Chair
From June 1962 to June 1966, Mr. Wyser-Pratte served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Captain.
Born in Vichy, France, he migrated to the United States with his parents and two brothers in March 1948 and became a naturalized citizen in 1953. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Rochester in June 1962 and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from New York University in June 1971.
His firm, Wyser-Pratte & Company, Inc., opened by his father in 1929, had its origins in Paris, France. The firm was re-opened on Wall Street in 1948 and eventually merged into what was then Bache & Company in July 1967. Guy and his father presided over Bache & Company’s risk arbitrage activities. In January 1971, Guy was selected to head the Arbitrage Department at Bache & Company where he presided until January 1991. In February of that year he resurrected the family firm, Wyser-Pratte & Co., Inc.
Mr. Wyser-Pratte has authorized 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. Referred to by the Wall Street Journal as “the dean of the arbitrage community,” he has been an integral and influential player in the industry since 1966.
Mr. Wyser-Pratte serves on the Board of Trustees of the Marine Corps University Foundation as Vice Chairman and as Chair of the Finance Committee.
He is also on the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the oldest and largest non-governmental refugee organization in the world. He is the Chairman of the Early Warning and Crisis Watch Sub-Committee of the IRC and resides in New York City.