Workshop Series: Ron Masulis

17 September, 2010 - 10:30 to 12:00
Room 116, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), St Lucia campus

Join our staff, students and alumni attending workshops presented by visiting academics on their area of research expertise.

Ron Masulis, University of New South Wales

Professor Masulis is Professor in Finance, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales, Frank Houston Professor of Finance and Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. Professor Masulis is one of the foremost authorities in the field of empirical corporate finance, and an expert on corporate governance issues. He has worked on research topics in investment banking, venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, international finance, law and finance and topics in corporate governance such as boards of directors, executive compensation, takeover defenses and shareholder voting rights. He has published 33 refereed articles in the top academic journals in Finance, Economics, Financial Accounting, Law and Statistics, including 24 in the four top finance journals, namely the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. He has been a Research Associate at the European Corporate Governance Institute since 2009.

Professor Masulis’s research have been cited in published scholarly articles over 1400 times according to the Web of Science and cited more broadly over 5000 times according to Google Scholar and downloaded over 24,000 times according to the Social Sciences Research Network website ( He is ranked in the top 50 business school scholars in the world according to SSRN. He is ranked one of the top 100 most prolific authors in finance for the last 50 years, based on publications in 7 leading academic journals in finance according to Heck and Cooley “Most Prolific Authors in the Finance Literature: 1959-2008”. He has also won five Journal of Financial Economics All Star Awards for his high impact research which continues to be heavily cited by other researchers.

Dr. Masulis has served on the Board of Directors/Executive Committee of the American Finance Association, the Western Finance Association and the Financial Management Association. He is associate editor of two academic journals in finance, and is past associate editor of all four top finance journals. He was also co-editor of a special issue of the Financial Management. He is a guest contributor at the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation and the Berkeley Venture Capital Blog. He has chaired the finance PhD program at Vanderbilt University for the last 20 years (1990-2010) and has been chair of 9 PhD dissertation committees.

Prof. Masulis has an MBA and a Ph.D. degree in economics and finance from the University of Chicago. and a B.A. degree in economics from Northeastern University. Prior to entering academia, he worked in the acquisition department of a Fortune 500 company. He has also worked for three U.S. governance regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission. His prior positions have included being Associate Professor of Finance at UCLA and the James M. Collins Professor of Finance and Adjunct Professor of Economics, Southern Methodist University. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Emory University, European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the University of New South Wales and the Norwegian School of Management and a visiting scholar at Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hawaii and Indiana University. Associate Editor: Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 1985-current, Pacific Basin Finance Journal, 2006-current, Journal of Finance, 1985‑1988, 1993-2000, Review of Financial Studies, 1987‑1989, Journal of Financial Economics, 1987‑1990, Journal of Financial Intermediation, 1989-1995, Journal of Financial Research, 1991-1999, Journal of Corporate Finance, 1993-2001.

Government Service: He spent nearly 3 years working for U.S. government regulatory agencies in Washington. Securities and Exchange Commission, Economic Fellow (1979-1980) I undertook a study of tender offers. It is cited in the US Federal Register as a basis for the 20 day minimum period for tender offers that is required under Rule 14(d) of the Williams Act.

Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Visiting Scholar (1980-1981) I helped draft the Federal Home Loan Bank Board's regulations governing savings and loan association participation in financial futures and financial options markets and the issuance of consumer reverse repurchase agreements.

Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, Financial Economist (1981-1982) I represented Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation at FHLBB meetings concerned with major revisions in subordinated debt and outside borrowing regulations, and assisted in a feasibility study of variable rate insurance premiums.

Other Awards and Honors:

  • Two nominations for best paper at the 2010 FMA Annual Meetings, New York City
  • Nominated for the Brattle Prize (best corporate finance paper published in the Journal of Finance) 2006.
  • Best Paper in Corporate Finance Award, European FMA Meetings, Turin 2009
  • Hana Bank Best Paper Award, 2nd Int’l Conference on Asia-Pacific Financial Markets, Seoul, 2007
  • FMA Doctoral Symposium: Chair 2005
  • FMA Doctoral Symposium: Panelist 1994, 2007
  • European FMA Doctoral Symposium: Panelist 2009
  • Keynote Speaker: Journal of Banking and Finance, 30th Anniversary Conference, Beijing 2006, 17th & 19th Annual Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, Sydney 2004 & 2006
  • Invited Keynote Speaker: 2nd Finance and Corporate Governance Conference, 2011 Melbourne
  • Lecturer at the 2007 FIRN Masters Class in Brisbane Australia, July 2007

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