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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|.

Dr Jon Danielsson|

Dr Jon Danielsson features at conference co-hosted by the LSE's Systemic Risk Centre|

Echoing a recent article he co-authored at the VoxEU|, Dr Danielsson| argued that in order for an EU capital markets union to succeed, EU and national authorities will need to "embrace disruptive technologies" and adapt their regulatory systems.

The conference, organised by the Systemic Risk Centre and Goldman Sachs, brought together leaders in banking, regulation, government and academia to discuss the potential for a union. Read more.|


In the Press: How Activist Wolf Packs Work|

~ February 2015

Research by Dr Amil Dasgupta| and co-authors shows how investors collectively accumulate big stakes and act together without actually coordinating, as discussed in the Wall Street Journal's Morning Risk Report.| 

Dr Dasgupta's paper, entitled 'Wolf Pack Activism', was written in collaboration with Alon Brav (Duke University) and Richmond D Matthews (Maryland). See the full paper here.|


Dr Ulf Axelson Awarded Brattle Group Distinguished Paper Prize|

~ January 2015

Dr Ulf Axelson| has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Brattle Group Distinguished Paper Prize at the AFA meeting in Boston for his paper "Borrow Cheap, Buy High? The Determinants of Leverage and Pricing in Buyouts" (co-authored with Tim Jenkinson, Per Strömberg, and Michael Weisbach).

Read more.|


LSE ranked 1st in the UK for Business and Management Studies|

~ December 2014

The Research Excellence Framework 2014 has ranked LSE as the UK leader for Business and Management Studies. This subject division is a joint submission by Finance, Accounting and Management departments at LSE, and the rating highlights the outstanding level of academic research produced by the department. Read more|.

Moqi Xu|

Chief Executives get stock sale boost by hoarding good news, according to research by LSE’s Moqi Xu|

~ September 2014

Dr Moqi Xu|’s new working paper, Strategic News Releases in Equity Vesting Months|, demonstrates how chief executives store and time positive press releases to coincide with their own sales of shares, and thereby reap the rewards of short-term increases in price and trading volume. Read more|.

Dimitri Vayanos|

Professor Dimitri Vayanos elected Fellow of the British Academy|

~ July 2014

Professor Dimitri Vayanos| of the LSE department of Finance has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy|. This prestigious honour is bestowed on the most distinguished academics from a range of fields. Professor Vayanos was one of only 42 UK-based Fellows chosen this year – and one of only two economists. Read more|.


ESRC Future Research Leaders grant for LSE academic|

~ July 2014

Andrea Vedolin|, Assistant Professor of Finance at LSE, has been awarded a major research grant designed to enable outstanding early-career social scientists to become the future world leaders in their field.

The £312’000 of funding from the ESRC will support work entitled ‘Aggregate Duration Risk’. Read more|.

Professor Daniel Ferreira|

Video: The Takeover Code and the Battle for AstraZeneca|

~ May 2014

In the aftermath of Pfizer’s failed takeover attempt, Professor Daniel Ferreira | interviewed Professor David Kershaw|, an expert on UK takeover rules, about the role of such rules on the outcome of the proposed deal. Both Daniel and David are members of Corporate Governance at LSE.|

The video is available to view online here.|

LSE campus|

Five Department of Finance staff recognised for teaching excellence|

~ May 2014

We are pleased to announce the names of five winners of LSE Class Teacher Awards from the Department of Finance. Panos Couzoff|, Milan Martinovic|, John Kuong|, Adrien de Boisanger, and Kevin Long have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to teaching at LSE. Read more|.

Dr Moqi Xu|

British Academy grant for LSE Finance academic|

~ March 2014

We are pleased to announce that the British Academy’s Research Awards Committee has chosen to support new research by Dr Moqi Xu of the LSE Department of Finance. The work, on CEO Contract Incentives, aims to answer many predictions of contract theory models that are still untested, and will receive funding of just under £10’000. Read more|.


LSE Finance academics secure EIF research grant|

~ February 2014

The Department of Finance is pleased to announce that the Scientific Committee of the Europlace Institute of Finance (EIF) has awarded a research grant to Dr Dong Lou and Professor Christopher Polk.

Their research paper 'Booms and Busts of Beta Arbitrage: Measuring the Extent of the Low-Beta Crowd' secured a €10’000 award. Read more|.

Juanita Gonzalez-Uribe|

Dr Juanita Gonzalez-Uribe wins the Coller PhD prize|

~ October 2013

The coveted Coller PhD prize for 2013 has been awarded to Dr Juanita Gonzalez-Uribe, Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance. Juanita's article 'Venture Capital and the Diffusion of Knowledge' was selected ahead of PhD submissions from around the world. Read more|.

LSE Graduate|

2013 MSc Prize Winners announced|

~ July 2013

The Department of Finance would like to congratulate all of its graduating Masters students, who received their degrees on Friday 19 July. In particular we would like to highlight the winners of the Antoine Faure-Grimaud Prizes, awarded annually for the best overall performance in each degree programme. Read more|.

Igor Makarov|

New Department of Finance faculty members for 2013/14|

~ July 2013

The Department is pleased to welcome two new members of faculty who will help strengthening both our research profile and teaching expertise. Igor Makarov joins the Department as Reader in Finance, while Juanita Gonzalez-Uribe has been appointed Lecturer in Finance. Read more|.


Professor David Webb features at AXA research fund anniversary event|

~ June 2013

The AXA Research Fund| celebrated its 6th birthday with a special event at its headquarters in Paris, at which Professor David Webb| of the LSE Department of Finance joined AXA’s Eric Chaney to discuss ‘Economic crises: cyclic inevitabilities?’. The wide-ranging evening features representatives from the many research fields supported by the Fund. Read more|.