It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Professor Antoine Faure-Grimaud on 6 July 2009 at the age of 41. Antoine spent his entire academic career at LSE, joining the staff in 1996 and becoming a Professor in 2004, at the age of 36.
His contribution to the academic life of the Institute of Management (now MES), the department of Economics and finally his current home the department of Finance has been exceptional. His reputation as a researcher in corporate finance and regulatory economics placed him at the very top of the profession internationally. Antoine was a great teacher, researcher and friend. He played a key role in building the new department of Finance and was a cornerstone of the department's PhD programme and the Financial Markets Group's Corporate Finance and Governance programme, which he directed. His untimely death deprives us of a great colleague and academic leader. Many of us have lost a good friend. However our sympathies must be with his wife, Soenje, his mother and his three sons.