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Largest European finance conference attracting hundreds of researchers from around the world

Release Date 31 January 2013

Financial researchers from across the globe are hoping to have their work showcased at the European Financial Management Association (EFMA) annual meeting on 26-29 June 2013.

Hosted by the ICMA Centre at Henley Business School, the event is one of the largest and most prominent academic conferences on finance in Europe. The conference will see leaders from the financial world come together to share knowledge and discuss decision making in all areas of finance, including bankruptcy and financial distress, corporate takeovers, risk management and financial engineering, bank regulation and real estate and venture capital.

Professor John Campbell, Chair of the Economics Department at Harvard University, is the keynote speaker for the 2013 meeting and will talk on the timely topic of ‘Understanding Volatility Risk'.

Henley Business School at University of Reading, ranked one of the top business schools in Europe, has received an overwhelming response of nearly 600 papers (deadline now passed) sent by academics and practitioners from 44 countries across five continents. The papers will be reviewed in the next few weeks by a panel of 190 world renowned finance experts from top academic institutions including Stanford University, Yale School of Management, London Business School, INSEAD, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HEC Paris, and the University of Oxford.

About 300 papers are expected to be included in the programme over the four days of the conference. In addition, several plenary sessions will be dedicated to timely and important finance issues.

Organisers and speakers include Dr Co-Pierre Georg, Deutsche Bundesbank, on ‘Transparency and Systemic Risk', and Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, on ‘Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance'.

Dr Simone Varotto, Senior Lecturer in Finance at the ICMA Centre and Chair of the 2013 EFMA conference, said: "The event promises to be absolutely fascinating. We have been overwhelmed at the number of submissions we have received and the line-up of speakers is extremely exciting. Listening to Professor Campbell alone discuss finance is a privilege, never mind the hundreds of other great financial minds that will be gathered at Reading."

Professor John Doukas, Executive Director of the EFMA said: "I am delighted that the 2013 EFMA conference will be held at such a prestigious institution as the University of Reading. The ICMA Centre and Henley Business School, who are organising the event, are well established and highly regarded in academic finance circles and the finance industry. Their expertise, excellent facilities and proximity to London make them an ideal host for the EFMA annual meeting."

For more information about attending the conference, the speakers or to enquire about the numerous sponsorship opportunities available in connection with the event, please contact the conference chair at


For all media enquiries please contact James Barr, University of Reading Press Officer on 0118 378 7115 or by email on

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ICMA Centre

Part of the triple accredited Henley Business School, the ICMA Centre was formed as the first active collaboration between the securities industry and a university finance department. We offer a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education, as well as professional and policy development research and consultancy. The ICMA Centre's aim is to deliver the highest standard in financial markets focused teaching, learning and research. Our unique integration of theory with practice is achieved through the use of the Centre's three state-of-the-art dealing rooms. All equipped by Thomson Reuters, the terminals run the latest industry simulation software as well as the Centre's own simulation software platform; ICTrader. 



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