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These pages provide the latest news about the Department, as well as information about the conferences and events organised by the Department and our related research centres. For earlier news stories and events, click here.


MSc Finance Graduate wins WCIB Dissertation Prize

~ December 2016

The Department of Finance is pleased to announce that Thomas Raoux, an MSc Finance alumnus, has won the annual WCIB prize for his dissertation entitled “Determinants of the Method of Payment in U.S Mergers and Acquisitions”. The Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB) offers the prize each year to students from a number of participating institutions. Thomas received a certificate of merit and a cheque for £300 during a ceremony at LSE on 1 December. Read more.


Even Before Brexit, London Lost Its Status as Derivatives Center

~ Bloomberg.com, December 2016

As London’s financial sector prepares for Brexit, a new report shows the capital has already been overtaken by New York as the biggest center for off-exchange derivatives trading. LSE's Andrea Vedolin explains the reason for this change. Read more.


MSc Finance Students Come Top in UK Investment Banking M&A Competition

~ November 2016

In the Grand Final of the Investment Banking Series M&A Challenge 2016, the largest and most recognised student competition on investment banking in the UK, three of the nine final teams were LSE MSc Finance and MSc Finance & Private Equity students. They faced a panel of investment banker judges from Evercore, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan - and the LSE students eventually came out on top. Read more.

Professor Charles Goodhart

How to Fix Wall Street’s Flawed System of Compensation

~ July 2016

The New York Times has reported on a recent speech by Emeritus Professor Charles Goodhart, who argues that transformation of the old partnership culture into a bonus culture where bankers, traders and executives have minimal accountability, has resulted in a marked increase in the frequency and intensity of financial crises. Read more.

WCIB Prize Presentation

MSc Risk & Finance Graduate is Awarded WCIB Dissertation Prize

~ May 2016

The Department of Finance is pleased to announce that Jamie Reid, an MSc Risk & Finance alumnus, has won the annual WCIB prize for his dissertation. A small award ceremony attended by staff and faculty from the Department of Finance and a WCIB representative was held at LSE on Tuesday 24 May, where the winner was presented with his certificate of merit and a cheque for £300. Read more.


Women in Finance

Inaugural Women in Finance event takes place at LSE

~ February 2016

The Department of Finance has hosted its first annual Women in Finance event, organised by Janet Bacastow, Andrea Vedolin, Michela Verardo and Kathy Yuan. 

A panel of seven outstanding women with successful careers in finance shared stories and gave advice on career progression, maintaining a work-life balance and the importance of mentors. Read more.


LSE Finance Graduate features on Forbes 30 Under 30 - Europe Finance list

~ January 2016

Lauren Hurwitz, who graduated from LSE’s MSc Finance (Part-time) in 2010, has been selected as one of the brightest young Finance professionals in Europe by leading business magazine Forbes.

The '30 Under 30 Europe Finance' list aims to highlight the top emerging talent in the field. Read more.


Dr Ulf Axelson receives Brattle Group Distinguished Paper Prize for second year running

~ January 2016

The Department of Finance is pleased to announce that for the second year running Dr Ulf Axelson has been awarded the Brattle Group Distinguished Paper Prize at the AFA annual meeting in San Francisco.

Dr Axelson’s paper, 'Wall Street Occupations', was co-authored with Philip Bond (Foster School of Business). Read more