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Biography

Arif completed his PhD from the ICMA Centre, University of Reading and joined the University of Manchester as a post-doctoral research associate. Subsequently he took up a lectureship in Finance. He was promoted to Professor of Finance in 2013. He is currently the Associate Head of Research for the Accounting & Finance Division in Alliance Manchester Business School.

Arif’s research interests span a number of areas in corporate finance including IPOs, venture capital, payout policy and trade credit. He is the author of the book ‘The Mechanics and Performance of Initial Public Offerings’. Arif has a passion for teaching and has been the recipient of a number of faculty outstanding teaching awards over the years.

Arif is on the editorial board of the British Accounting Review and the newly launched Journal of Sustainable Finance & Accounting. Previously he has served as an academic member of the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) and as an external consultant to the UK Financial Conduct Authority and the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA). He has also been called upon as an expert witness in matters of corporate litigation.

 

Research interests

Arif's research interests include:

  • Studies of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) with particular emphasis on their pricing mechanisms, contractual agreements, corporate governance, their impact on capital structure and post-IPO survival.
  • Private equity: risk and returns of venture capital syndicates
  • Investment preferences of institutional investors
  • Connections (political and bank) and firm performance
  • Share repurchase programmes
  • Trade credit
  • Financial inclusion and literacy

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

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