ECGI Appoints Five New Fellows
ECGI is proud to announce the appointment of five new Fellows to add to its distinguished ranks. The new Fellows, who were drawn from academia in Europe, North America and Australia, were elected by their peers, the existing Fellows of ECGI. The committee responsible for the process is currently chaired by Professor Steven Kaplan, Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
The five new appointees are: Professor Renee Adams, Professor of Finance, Commonwealth Bank Chair in Finance, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales; Professor John Coates, John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School; Professor Francesca Cornelli, Professor of Finance and Director of Private Equity, London Business School; Professor Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance and Academic Director of Centre for Corporate Governance, London Business School; and Professor Eilis Ferran, Professor of Company and Securities Law, University of Cambridge Law Faculty and Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law.
The Institute awards the title Fellow of ECGI to individuals who have demonstrated scientific excellence or other outstanding achievements in the area of corporate governance. Previously appointed Fellows include Nobel Laureates Jean Tirole, Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström. Collectively, the new appointees have published their research in the top academic journals worldwide and have consulted for government institutions and numerous respected bodies while maintaining an impressive range of international credentials and appointments. Their work is commonly cited and has inspired new research in the field of corporate governance.
Speaking about the new appointments, Professor Steven Kaplan, said:
“ECGI has a long tradition of recognising the top academics around the world for their work on corporate governance. The award of Fellow of the Institute is a significant honour which is made more valuable for being bestowed by the ranks of those already recognised for their achievements.”
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About the newly appointed Fellows:
Professor Renee Adams, Professor of Finance, Commonwealth Bank Chair in Finance, UNSW Business School, University of New South Wales
Professor Adams’ research focuses on the organization of corporate boards. Her research examines the information flow between managers and the board, governance problems in banks, group decision-making, the governance of central banks and gender diversity on boards. She has published in top accounting, economics, finance and management journals. She is a senior fellow at the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research and a member of FIRN. She is currently a finance department editor at Management Science and sits on the SFS council. Professor Adams’ interest in gender diversity is not limited to research. She co-founded AFFECT, the American Finance Association’s “Academic Female Finance Committee”, in 2015, and currently chairs it.
Professor John Coates, John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Research Director, Center on the Legal Profession
John Coates teaches corporate governance, M&A, finance, and related topics at Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. He is a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. He has testified before Congress and provided consulting services to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Treasury, the New York Stock Exchange, and participants in the financial markets, including hedge funds, investment banks, and private equity funds. He served as independent consultant for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is currently the Chair of the Investor-as-Owner Subcommittee of the Investor Advisory Committee of the SEC. His research focuses on Financial Institutions, Legal Professions, Corporate Law: Mergers and Acquisitions, and Securities Regulation.
Professor Francesca Cornelli, Professor of Finance and Director of Private Equity, London Business School
Professor Cornelli’s research interests include corporate governance, private equity, privatization, bankruptcy, IPOs and innovation policy. She has published several papers in the major finance and economics journals and she gives regular talks in major conferences and Universities. She is an editor of the Review of Financial Studies, and has been an associate editor of the Journal of Finance, of the Journal of Financial Intermediation and of the Review of Economic Studies. She is a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), an ECGI (European Corporate Governance Institute) Research Member and a director of the Society of Financial Intermediation.
Professor Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance and Academic Director of Centre for Corporate Governance, London Business School
Professor Edmans’ research interests are in corporate governance, executive compensation, M&A, corporate social responsibility, and behavioural finance. He is Managing Editor of the Review of Finance and has published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Economic Literature. He was awarded the Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing and was named a Rising Star of Corporate Governance by Yale University and a Rising Star of Finance by NYU/Fordham/RPI. Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the World Bank Distinguished Speaker Series, testified in the UK Parliament, and given TEDx talks on The Social Responsibility of Business and From Post-Truth to Pro-Truth.
Professor Eilis Ferran, Professor of Company and Securities Law, University of Cambridge
Professor Ferran has written extensively on UK, EU and international financial regulation, company law and corporate finance law. Her publications include Brexit and Financial Services (Hart Publishing, 2017 (forthcoming) co-authored), The Oxford Handbook of Financial Regulation (OUP, 2015, co-edited) Principles of Corporate Finance Law (OUP, 2104, co-authored) and The Regulatory Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (CUP 2012, co-authored). She has advised UK Parliamentary committees and served as an academic member of Stakeholder Group of the European Banking Authority. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple.