FIRCG 2016

‘Bitcoins, hedge funds and tennis balls’

Financial Institutions, Regulation & Corporate Governance (FIRCG) Conference

22 – 23 January 2016


The University of Melbourne’s Financial Institutions, Regulation and Corporate Governance (FIRCG) research group held its inaugural two day conference titled “Bitcoins, hedge funds and tennis balls” on 22–23 January 2016 at Melbourne Business School. The conference - which was a result of the close collaboration between Melbourne Business School and the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne – aimed to discuss issues that affect financial institutions, corporate governance and risk management. These issues are increasingly global in nature, making the ability to connect and collaborate internationally increasingly important, especially for a nation like Australia, whose economy is one of the most open in the world and highly sensitive to economic changes elsewhere.

Online journal for FIRCG 2016 be accessed through www.ssrn.com/link/2016-FIRCG.html
 

Orgainising Committee

The Financial Institutions, Regulation and Corporate Governance research group is committed to raising the standard and practical value of research in our field. Find out more about the faculty leading the FIRCG research group below:


Dr. Nadia Massoud

Professor (Finance) Associate Dean of Research at MBS
Qualifications: Ian Potter Chair of Finance PhD (Queen's), MEc (Waterloo)

Nadia.jpgDr. Nadia Massoud is the Ian Potter Professor of Finance. Nadia earned her Ph.D. from Queen’s University and her Master of Economics from the University of Waterloo. Nadia has conducted extensive research in the areas of financial intermediation, corporate finance, corporate governance and market microstructure. Her research has been published in major academic journals including the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Finance, Journal of financial economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and the Rand Journal of Economics and has also won several prestigious awards and grants including Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, SSHRC, Canada.
 




Dr. Chander Shekhar

Senior Lecturer, Department of Finance, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne
Qualifications: Ph.D. Business Administration (Pennsylvania State University), M.S. (University of Virginia)

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Dr. Chander Sekhar has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. from University of Virginia. Chander teaches the core Finance subject and electives in Mergers & Acquisitions and Financial Modelling.

His ongoing research in areas of corporate takeovers, initial public offerings, privatization and evolution of markets addresses topics such as merger premiums, bidder competition, takeover regulation and strategy, selling mechanisms, and the governance of new firms.
 




Dr. Ali Akyol

Senior Lecturer, Department of Finance, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne
Qualifications: PhD in Finance (University of Alabama)

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Dr. Ali Akyol has a Ph.D in Finance from University of Alabama. Ali is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance at the University of Melbourne.

Ali joined the Department in July 2007 after gaining his PhD in Finance from the University of Alabama. Ali’s research interests are primarily in corporate governance.