Professional Experience

Neil A. O'Hara is a freelance writer with intimate knowledge of domestic and international financial markets. His articles, written primarily for magazines aimed at professionals in the financial services industry, cover a wide range of subjects from hedge funds, private equity and corporate governance to market and industry reviews as well as more technical topics, including exchange traded funds, options, securitization, credit derivatives, securities lending, prime brokerage, risk management and financial industry regulations.

Neil is the author of record for the sixth edition of The Fundamentals of Municipal Bonds (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association's classic book about the municipal bond business.

Neil is a director of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (also a member of the ASJA finance committee), and a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Before becoming a professional writer in 2002, Neil worked in the financial services industry for more than 28 years. including 15 years with the British merchant bank, Morgan Grenfell, where he was an investment analyst; an advisor on merger and corporate finance transactions; and head of a merger arbitrage trading desk. From 1988 to 2000, he managed merger arbitrage portfolios at three hedge funds, including his own firm. He joined Deutsche Bank in 2001 to manage an international merger arbitrage fund, leaving at the end of that year to begin his writing career.

Born and raised in England, Neil moved to New York in 1980 and became a naturalized American citizen in 2008. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and economics from the University of Warwick, and remains active in alumni affairs as president of the Friends of the University of Warwick.

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