Leonardo Etro is Director of International Development, Board Member and Associate Professor of Practice in the Knowledge Group "Corporate Finance & Real Estate" at SDA Bocconi. He is Professor of Corporate Finance & Business Valuation at Bocconi University.
At SDA Bocconi, he directed the Accounting, Control, Corporate and Real Estate Finance Department and was Board Member in the 2015-2016 biennium. He is currently Director of Executive Master in Financial Management and Executive Master in Finance, Banking and Real Estate. He is Program Director of Corporate Finance Intensive Course. In 2014, he was appointed Head of SDA Bocconi International Development for Eastern Europe and Middle East. He is Scientific Director of the Best Performance Award, the annual SDA Bocconi prize (in partnership with JP Morgan, PwC, Thomson Reuters, Il Sole 24 Ore) dedicated to Italian companies that stood out for excellence in sustainable development. He conducted numerous research, training and consulting projects with the most important multinationals operating in fashion, food, pharma, manufacturing, E-commerce and banking industries.
His research activities focus on issues of financial nature such as M&A and restructuring, private equity & venture capital, capital structure and company valuation. Currently, his research concentrates on three different main areas: the first is the study of optimal capital structure for Italian and European companies; the second focuses on the relationship between corporate governance and company value; the third aims at determining how to create value in M&A Cross Border transactions.
He is the author of numerous books and articles on the subject. His works have been published in leading national and international journals including Applied Financial Economics, Journal of Management Development, International Journal of Finance and Banking, Thunderbird International Business Review and Economia & Management. He won many awards for his researches such as the prize for Best Innovation in Research Projects, Divisione Claudio Dematté Research in 2014. In 2015-2016, he won the Bocconi Teaching Award. He serves on the Advisory Board of various Italian SMEs.
Leonardo earned a Degree with Honors in Business Administration from Bocconi University and an ITP (International Teachers Programme) organized by Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (Chicago). He is Faculty Member of SDA Bocconi Asia Center in Mumbai, India. He has two big passions: skiing and travelling to discover new cultures and emotions.