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I fled the Islamic Republic of Iran with a suitcase, a thousand dollars, and no regrets. But it wasn't easy; I had to rebuild my life from scratch. Less than ten years later, I faced a decision that threatened to erase most of what I had accomplished, and I hesitated as I weighed the consequences.
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- Tavakoli Structured Finance, Inc.President, present
“You give up things when you hire Janet Tavakoli. Things like jargon, irrelevant analysis, and poor decisions.”
Janet M.Tavakoli is one of the world’s foremost experts in credit derivatives, complex derivatives, interest rate swaps, total return swaps, collateralized debt obligations, special purpose entities, credit rating agencies, and securitizations. She is the founder and president of Tavakoli Structured Finance, Inc. (TSF), a Chicago based consulting firm established in 2003. TSF consults for financial institutions, law firms, institutional investors, regulators, and hedge funds.
Financial regulators including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. Senate Committees, the International Monetary Fund, and the Federal Reserve Bank seek her advice.
Her prescient finance articles are published in professional trade magazines and she publishes commentary on her business site. She is often quoted in the financial press, and appears on business television.
Ms. Tavakoli is an internationally renowned finance book author and speaker. Her groundbreaking books include Credit Derivatives & Synthetic Structures (John Wiley & Sons, 1998, 2001), Structured Finance & Collateralized Debt Obligations (Wiley, 2003, 2008), and Dear Mr. Buffett: What an Investor Learns 1,269 Miles from Wall Street (Wiley 2009).
One of her hobbies is writing financial thrillers.
- University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of BusinessMBA
- Illinois Institute of TechnologyB.S. Chemical Engineering