Meet 2019 Forward under 40 Award Recipient Tim Hotchandani ’04

UW Major: Economics; Finance, Investment, and Banking
Age: 36 | New York City
Managing Director, Rothschild & Co

From his New York City office, Tim Hotchandani has his finger on the pulse of the finances behind the global health care industry.

Hotchandani counsels companies through Rothschild & Co, one of the world’s largest financial-advisory firms. His Wall Street career has also included roles at Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers, and Thomas Weisel Partners, where he got his start in the industry.

A fellow Badger grad volunteered time to secure Hotchandani the interview that launched his career. Now Hotchandani is delivering returns to the next generation.

He is part of the alumni group Badgers in Finance, which helps students prep for interviews and brings them to New York City for a behind-the-scenes look at Wall Street.

Hotchandani’s participation continues a movement he started as a student, when he cofounded the Investment Banking Club (IBC). At the time, he says, Wisconsin students were often rejected from top firms as unpolished and lacking up-to-date skills. Wanting to reverse the trend, Hotchandani and his cohort sought counsel from industry professionals and learned from a lot of trial and error.

“Before the club got going, the flow of Badgers getting into investment banking outside the Midwest could be characterized as a slow trickle,” says Hotchandani, who also gives his time to the UW’s Nicholas Center
for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking. “Fast forward to today, and if a student gets into the IBC, they all but certainly will find a slot in investment banking in whichever location they choose.”

Hotchandani continues to mentor students in the IBC. And as testament to the quality of Badger talent, Hotchandani says his own employer is among the firms now recruiting Wisconsin graduates.

“Badgers can hang with the best in investment banking,” he says. “Staying close to the IBC, Nicholas Center, and New York Badgers in Finance gives me a front-row seat to the great things going on at the school and provides an opportunity to keep paying it forward.”

Photo by Nancy Borowick

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