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Professor Julian Franks

Professor of Finance
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Julian Franks, Professor of Finance, London Business School
ECGI Fellow (2002) :


BA Sheffield (1968), MBA Columbia University (1969), PhD London University (1979).

Professor Franks was previously visiting professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of California at both Berkeley and Los Angeles.

His publications include works on takeovers, European corporate restructuring, financial regulation, corporate bankruptcy, and ownership and control.

Professor Franks is a member of joint DTI-Treasury working party reviewing the insolvency code and of the Company Law Review's working party examining corporate governance. He is associate editor of Journal of Empirical Finance, European Journal of Financial Management, Journal of Corporate Finance, and the Journal of Financial Services Research.

He is a member of various advisory boards including Stern Stewart and PWC.

Research Interests
Bankruptcy and financial distress
Family ownership
Ownership and control
Shareholder activism

ECGI Working Papers (Click title for more details)
The Ownership of Japanese Corporations in the 20th Century ECGI Finance Working Paper 410/2014 February 2014
The Returns to Hedge Fund Activism: An International Study ECGI Finance Working Paper 402/2014 March 2015
Hedge Fund Activism in Europe ECGI Finance Working Paper 283/2010 May 2010
Returns to Shareholder Activism: Evidence from a Clinical Study of the Hermes U.K. Focus Fund ECGI Finance Working Paper 138/2006 December 2006
The Origins of the German Corporation - Finance, Ownership and Control ECGI Finance Working Paper 110/2005 August 2005 This Working Paper is based upon a draft prepared for the Sloan Project on Business Institutions/Anton Philips Fund Conference on International Markets and Corporate Governance (Washington DC, October 2005) organised by Georgetown University Law Center and Tilburg University Faculty of Law.
Do Bankruptcy Codes Matter? A Study of Defaults in France, Germany, and the UK ECGI Finance Working Paper 089/2005 May 2005
Spending Less Time with the Family: The Decline of Family Ownership in the UK ECGI Finance Working Paper 035/2004 January 2004
Ownership: Evolution and Regulation ECGI Finance Working Paper 009/2003 January 2003 (Revised December 2004) Winner of the 2004 ECGI Clinical Paper Competition Joint winner of the 2005 Standard Life Investments Finance Prize (Best paper in the Finance Working Paper series)

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