David Weild oversees Capital Markets and Institutional Acceptance at Grant Thornton, the 'Global Six' Audit, Tax and Advisory firm. He is also Chairman and CEO of Capital Markets Advisory Partners, the firm that specializes in equity capital markets advice to issuers. He is a former Vice Chairman and executive committee member of The NASDAQ Stock Market who had line responsibility for the global listings businesses of NASDAQ.
David and co-author Ed Kim are noted for their work that was first to identify how changes in stock market structure are harming capital formation and job growth in the United States. Their studies (Why are IPOs in the ICU?; Market structure is causing the IPO crisis - and more; A wake up call for America) have been cited in over 100 articles including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Financial Times. These studies have also been cited by Congressmen, Senators and the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, including most recently in the Interim Report of the White House's Job Council led by Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, and the IPO Task Force report to the U.S. Treasury led by Kate Mitchell, former Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association. David was also a member of the NYSE and NVCA's (National Venture Capital Association) Blue Ribbon Panel to restore liquidity in the US venture capital industry and his work was cited in the NVCA's final report. David has testified in Congress and at the CFTC-SEC Joint Panel on Emerging Regulatory Issues.
Prior to NASDAQ, David spent 14 years at Prudential Securities in senior management roles, including President of PrudentialSecurities.com, Head of Corporate Finance, Head of Technology Investment Banking and Head of Global Equity Capital Markets. He oversaw more than 1,000 IPO's, Follow-on offerings and convertible transactions and was an innovator in new issue systems and transaction structures.
David holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business and a BA from Wesleyan University. He studied on exchange at The Sorbonne, Ecole des Haute Etudes Commerciales and The Stockholm School of Economics.
9/11 blew out 350 plate glass windows at NASDAQ's headquarters at Ground Zero in New York. With NASDAQ personnel working from home, David organized the authorization and implementation of hundreds of share repurchase programs that were credited by market insiders as providing needed confidence (buy orders at lower levels) to investors once the markets reopened.
David is Chairman of the Board of Tuesday's Children, the pre-eminent charity providing services to 9/11 families and first responders and has served on that board since shortly after 9/11.