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I am a Professor of Finance at Alliance Manchester Business School which I joined as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in September 2005. I have a PhD in Economics from the University of York where I also worked as a Teaching Fellow. In 2011, I spent a semester as a Visiting Scholar at Krannert Management School, Purdue University, USA.

My research interests are mainly on empirical corporate finance. More in detail, on direct and ultimate ownership structure of companies, links between ownership governance and performance, capital structure and financing constraints and portfolio choice related to firm risk taking. I am also interested in banking and various aspects of behavioral finance (such as the role of gender and personal connections).

I published in The Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Corporate Finance, Financial Management and European Financial Management among others.
I regularly serve as a referee for a number of high-quality academic journals including the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management.

I am currently the Coordinator for the all Accounting and Finance PGT Programmes after several years as a director for the MSc Finance, MSc Finance and Economics and MSc in Finance and Business Economics.

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Research interests

Empirical Corporate Finance; Corporate Governance; Firm Performance; Capital Markets; Applied Microeconometrics; Links between Finance and Growth.

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth


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