Governance in Family/Unlisted Firms


Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers in the academic part of the conference:

Marco Becht (Université Libre de Bruxelles and ECGI)
» Julian Franks (London Business School)
» John J. McConnell (Purdue University)
» Belén Villalonga (Harvard Business School)


Short CVs of our Keynote Speakers:

Marco Becht (Université Libre de Bruxelles and ECGI)
Marco Becht is Professor of Finance and Economics at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), a Resident Fellow at the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) at ULB and the Executive Director of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). He teaches at the ULB and was Visiting Professor at the Said Business School ( University of Oxford) in 2003. Among his various publications is the literature survey on ‹Corporate Governance and Control›, prepared for the Handbook of the Economics of Finance (together with Patrick Bolton and Ailsa Roëll). He has given expert briefings on corporate governance to the Group of Economic Analysis of the President of the European Commission, the senior management of Alcatel, the clients of Hermes Pension Management Ltd., the Euro 50 Group, the Italian Securities Regulator (CONSOB), the OECD, the World Bank and the German Corporate Governance Roundtable, among others.


Julian Franks (London Business School)
Julian Franks is Professor of Finance and former Director of the Institute of Finance and Accounting at London Business School. He is widely published and his research focuses on bankruptcy and financial distress, corporate ownership and control, cost of capital and regulation. Recently his work on ownership and control (with Colin Mayer and Stefano Rossi) has won two international prizes. He is Associate Editor of five finance journals, a member of various advisory boards and consults widely. He served as a member of the DTI-Treasury committee and was a member of one of The Company Law Review’s committees on corporate governance. He is an advisor to both Ofcom and BAA and is on a committee of experts advising the education minister on a PFI investment program for schools. He was an expert witness for the UK government at The World Court at The Hague. He is a non-executive director of OXERA and is on the international advisory board of Stern Stewart. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of California at both Berkeley and Los Angeles.


John J. McConnell (Purdue University)
John J. McConnell is the E. T. Weiler Distinguished Professor of Management (Finance) at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. He has published over 75 articles that have appeared in leading finance, economics and management journals. He received special recognition for his scholarship as the Distinguished Scholar of the Eastern Finance Association (2002). He has served as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, the American Finance Association, Harrington Bank FSB. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Los Padres Bank FSB. He has served as a consultant to investment banks (including Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs), government agencies (including the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Department of Justice), and over 50 law firms throughout the U.S. on various aspects of financial markets and securities. He has served as associate editor for the Journal of Finance , Financial Management, the AREUA, and the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. He is currently associate editor of the Journal of Corporate Finance, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Fixed Income, and the Pacific-Basin Finance Journal.



Belén Villalonga (Harvard Business School)
Belén Villalonga is an Assistant Professor in the Finance Area at the Harvard Business School. She received her Ph.D. in Management and an M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. She also holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid. Before entering graduate school she was an instructor at the Complutense University of Madrid and worked as an intern at McKinsey & Co. in Paris. Professor Villalonga’s research interests are in empirical corporate finance, corporate governance, and strategy. Her current research focuses primarily on the effect of family ownership, control, and management on firm value. Her prior research on the diversification discount, on privatization, and on ownership structure and performance, has been published in leading academic journals.


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