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Jessup Shean

JD/MBA ‘12
Associate at Greenhill & Co; Co-Founder, Board Member at CommonBond.co
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    Jessup Shean JD/MBA '12

I am from New York City and went to Brown University. Before attending Penn Law I worked for J.P. Morgan on their Equity Capital Markets desk for five years. While there, I first helped issue IPOs and follow-ons for technology and consumer companies in the U.S. and then advised Korean and Taiwanese companies while based in Hong Kong.

Co-founder of a start-up in law school.
Since graduation in May 2012, I have worked at Greenhill & Co. I am also a co-founder and former COO of the Wharton / Penn Law start-up CommonBond, an online platform to connect student borrowers with alumni investors. Long term I hope to leverage both my business and legal knowledge to play a leadership role in the global financial technology community while also using my entrepreneurial experience to further my career.

I was lucky enough to take two cross-disciplinary classes - Business Strategy and Corporate Law and The JD/MBA Capstone Class. Business Strategy and Corporate Law, taught by Perry Golkin, helped me think about decision making in the corporate world and the Capstone class allowed me to explore the legal aspects of my start-up CommonBond, in an academic setting.

A pro bono project leader.
I was the pro bono leader for Urban Ventures Project, a Penn Law program that provided entrepreneurship classes to schools in Philadelphia. This experience enforced the importance of the involvement of socially responsible business in education. This is one of the reasons why we made the social promise, such an important part of CommonBond and provide funding for primary school students both in the US and in emerging markets.

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