Ben Axler

Founder and Chief Investment Officer@Spruce Point Management

Mr. Axler is the founder of Spruce Point Capital Management and co-founded Prescience Point Research Group (2012-2014), a short-focused research firm. Mr. Axler is an activist short-seller, forensic financial researcher, and has exposed billions of dollars of financial schemes globally. Prior to founding his company in 2009, Mr. Axler spent eight years as an investment banker with Credit Suisse and Barclays Capital where he structured and executed financing, derivative risk management, and M&A deals for leading Fortune 500 clients. Mr. Axler’s work has been widely recognized in the financial industry for its originality and track record of performance:
In February 2019, Activist Insight recognized Spruce Point Capital Management as the #2 most successful short-selling activist in 2018.
In December 2016, Sentieo recognized Mr Axler’s @sprucepointcap as one of top top 15 most influential accounts in the topic of finance on Twitter.
In March 2016, Business Insider and Sumzero named Mr. Axler the top idea generating short-seller in the world after an analysis of the performance of its 12,000 member short recommendations made since 2008.
In January 2014, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) profiled Mr. Axler’s short research in a report entitled “How Constraining Are Limits to Arbitrage? Evidence from a Recent Financial Innovation,” and also concluded that Mr. Axler’s research ideas produced superior investment returns.
Mr. Axler is a frequent market commentator and has appeared on CNBC , Bloomberg/BNN, and FOX Business television, and in the print edition of Financial Post and Barron’s. Mr Axler was also profiled in the book “The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work.”

Mr. Axler graduated from Yale University with a Masters degree in Statistics, and received both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Statistics and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Business Administration from Rutgers College, where he graduated with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors.