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Craig Coben 
Managing Director


  • IPOs, and Securities Offerings 

  • Investment Banking

  • SPACs

  • Block Trades

  • Margin Loans

  • Corporate Equity Derivatives

Craig Coben | SPAC and Investment Banking Expert Witness | SEDA Experts

Craig Coben has over 25 years of financial industry experience serving as the Vice Chairman of Global Capital Markets and Global Head of Equity Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is an investment banking world-class expert with deep expertise in a full range of equity products, including IPOs, SPACs, block trades, accelerated bookbuilds, secondary offerings, rights issues, equity-linked offerings (convertible and exchangeable bonds), margin loans and corporate equity derivatives.

From 2005-2022 he worked as a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch and then Bank of America, holding several senior positions including Global Head of Equity Capital Markets, Head of EMEA Equity Capital Markets, and Co-Head Asia-Pacific Global Capital Markets.


Prior to that, he worked eight years at Deutsche Bank, rising to the level of Managing Director in its Equity Capital Markets division. He was previously a securities lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell and a law clerk to Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.  

Craig is a recognized and sought-after commentator on the financial industry, with numerous recent columns published in the Financial Times and guest appearances on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. Craig has also previously served as Chairman of the Equity Capital Markets Division of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME).


He holds a BA from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School and speaks fluent Spanish, French and Italian.



Harvard Law School 

JD, Law

Yale University





SEDA Experts

Managing Director

Bank of America Merrill Lynch  

Co-Head Global Capital Markets, Asia-Pacific Region


Vice Chairman


Global Head of Equity Capital Markets                                             


Head of EMEA Equity Capital Markets                 


Managing Director, EMEA Equity Capital Markets


Deutsche Bank  

Managing Director, EMEA Equity Capital 


Sullivan & Cromwell LLP



US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Law Clerk to Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg


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