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John Ashburne

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice
Academic Division: Finance
John J. Ashburne joined the Babson faculty as a part-time lecturer in the Fall of 2016. John has more than 30 years' experience in corporate and project finance serving the global energy, power, minerals and infrastructure sectors with senior level positions at major Wall Street firms and in the Treasury and Controllers' areas of multi-national diversified corporations. John is the lead principal at Black Horse Advisors, a financial advisory firm founded in 2007 focused on the renewable and conventional energy, power, infrastructure, metals, and mining industries. He has originated, structured and arranged more than $26 billion in capital for acquisitions, project and structured finance and leveraged recapitalizations in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Many transactions set new market precedents and his track record includes a “Top Ten Most Creative Deal of the Year” in Latin America project finance. Prior to founding Black Horse Advisors, Mr. Ashburne was a Director of Structured Commodity Products at Standard Bank, working with producers, consumers and investors in natural resources. Earlier positions were as Managing Director and Group Head in Project Finance for the Americas at Deutsche Bank Securities, at UBS, Barclays Bank, and starting at J.P. Morgan after graduation from business school. As Assistant Treasurer of Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., a $6 billion revenues, privately owned diversified manufacturing company, he was responsible for all banking and rating agency relationships, negotiated debt financings, oversaw $1.1 billion in pension fund assets and managed currency and interest rate risks at both the investment grade parent company and at the non-investment grade subsidiary with global operations on five continents. As Assistant Controller of Turner Construction Company, he was responsible for project financial risk management, reporting and control for the corporation's 42 business units around the world. As Adjunct Lecturer at the New York University School of Continuing Professional Studies and at the John F. Welch School of Business at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, John has taught courses at the graduate level in Managerial Accounting and Business Valuations and at the undergraduate level in Investments and International Financial Management. Education: M.B.A. in Finance from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College B.S., Magna Cum Laude, with concentrations in Management, Accounting and Finance from Northeastern University.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Tuck School at Dartmouth College
  • BA, Northeastern University

Academic Interest / Expertise

credit risk analysis, raising capital, project finance