Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor of the Department of Finance at Bocconi University.



Ph.D. in Finance, University of Munich (Munich School of Management), Munich, Germany, 2001-2005

Visiting Doctoral Student, University of Oxford (Said Business School), 2004

B.S. - 1997 - M.S. – 2001 in Business Economics, University of Munich (Munich School of Management)

University of Rotterdam (Rotterdam School of Economics), 1998-1999
Major: Financial Economics



Research Interests

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Family Firms
  • Boards, Law and Finance
  • Financial Regulation
  • Institutional Investors



  • Does Family Control Matter? International Evidence from the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis, with Karl Lins and Paolo Volpin, 2013, Review of Financial Studies, forthcoming. Winner of S.A.C. Capital Advisors Best Conference Paper Award presented at the 39th European Finance Association Annual Meeting
  • The Life Cycle of Family Ownership: International Evidence, with Julian Franks, Colin Mayer and Paolo Volpin, 2012, Review of Financial Studies 25, 1675-1712 (Lead Article)  
  • Leverage and Pricing of Debt in LBOs, with Paolo Colla and Filippo Ippolito, 2012, Journal of Corporate Finance 18, 124-137 
  • “Risikomanagement und kapitalmarktorientierte Finanzierung: Festschrift zum 65. Geburtstag von Bernd Rudolph” editor, with Klaus Schaefer, Hans-Peter Burghof, Lutz Johanning, and Sabine Rodt, 2009, Knapp Frankfurt
  • “Deregulation and Corporate Mobility in Europe” with Marco Becht and Colin Mayer, in: Klaus Schaefer, et al ed., Risikomanagement und kapitalmarktorientierte Finanzierung, Knapp Frankfurt, 2009, 151-161
  • Where do Firms Incorporate? Deregulation and the Cost of Entry, with Marco Becht and Colin Mayer, 2008, Journal of Corporate Finance 14, 241-256 
  • The Origins of the German Corporation – Finance Ownership, and Control, with Julian Franks and Colin Mayer, 2006, Review of Finance 10, 537-585