Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) 2023 Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance

  • Thu 6 - Fri 7 Jul 23


  • Off Campus

    Gaeta, Italy

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    Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance

  • Event organiser

    Essex Finance Centre

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    Essex Finance Centre (EFiC)

The Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) at Essex Business School and the Laboratory of Bank, Business, Finance and Ethics (BifeLab) are jointly organising the seventh edition of the EFiC Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance.               


The EFiC 2023 Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance will take place in person on 6-7 July 2023 in Gaeta, Italy.

The objective of the Conference is to bring together leading academics, practitioners and policymakers and give them the opportunity to present state-of-the-art research in the broad areas of banking and corporate finance.

The Conference will feature a keynote speech and a ‘Meet the Editors’ session. It will also include a dedicated PhD session to give research students the opportunity to present their work and receive developmental feedback from expert PhD mentors.

EFiC 2024 Conference Details


We solicit papers in the following areas, in alphabetical order, but other related areas may also be considered:

  • Alternative finance
  • Banking and financial services
  • Behavioural finance
  • Big data applied to banking and finance
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Digital finance
  • Diversity and women in finance
  • Financial crisis and resolution
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Fintech and financial innovation
  • Green finance
  • International finance
  • Monetary policy and central banking
  • Political economy of central banking
  • Portfolio and risk management
  • Rethinking of financial regulation and supervision
  • SMEs financing

Keynote speaker

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Charlotte Ostergaard

Charlotte Ostergaard is Professor of Finance at Copenhagen Business School and holds a PhD in Economics from Brown University. She was Professor of Finance at BI Norwegian Business School from 2015 to 2022 and has served as executive director of the European Finance Association (EFA) and as board member of the Financial Markets Fund under the Norwegian Research Council. She is currently director of the Centre for Corporate Governance Research (CCGR) at BI Norwegian Business School, a research member of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), and a steering committee member of the Nordic Initiative for Corporate Economics (NICE). Her primary research interest is in empirical analysis of issues related to corporate governance, entrepreneurship, and banking, with focus on the role of ownership, board governance and organisational form, as well as the real effects of bank shocks and bank market integration. Her work has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Review of Finance, and the Journal of Political Economy, among others.

Special issues

The Conference will include special issues with the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development (JSBED), Research in International Business and Finance (RIBAF), and the Review of Corporate Finance (RCF).

The special issue of the JSBED will be themed "Digital Entrepreneurial Finance and New Approaches to Venture Financing". The special issue of RIBAF will be themed “Access to Finance and Fintech”. The special issue of the RCF will be themed “International corporate governance ethics and social responsibility”.

Participation in the Conference will not be mandatory for submissions to the special issues. Further details will be provided in due course.

In addition, the Organising Committee, in liaison with the Editor-in-chief of Bancaria, the scientific Journal of the Italian Banking Association, will select high quality papers from the Conference to be considered for a special Fast Track. These papers will then go through a blind review process.


Organising committee

Claudia GirardoneSotirios Kokas, Anna Sarkisyan (Essex Business School)


Scientific committee

Rym Ayadi (Bayes Business School and EMANES)

Elena Beccalli (Catholic University of Milan)

Mascia Bedendo (University of Bologna)

Diana Bonfim (Banco de Portugal)

Udichibarna Bose (Essex Business School)

Fabio Braggion (Tilburg University)

Barbara Casu-Lukac (Bayes Business School)

Jerry Coakley (Essex Business School)

Paolo Coccorese (University of Salerno)

Douglas J Cumming (Florida State University)

Claudia Custodio (Imperial College London)

Hans Degryse (KU Leuven)

Manthos Delis (Montpellier Business School)

Luísa Farinha (Banco de Portugal)

Franco Fiordelisi (Essex Business School)

Ralph de Haas (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Vasso Ioannidou (Bayes Business School)

Neil Kellard (Essex Business School)

Alexandros Kontonikas (Essex Business School)

Thomas Lambert (Erasmus University)

Angela Maddaloni (European Central Bank)

Alexander Michaelides (Imperial College London)

Ekaterini Panopoulou (Essex Business School)

George Panos (University of Glasgow)

Fotios Pasiouras (Montpellier Business School)

Simon Price (Essex Business School)

Farzad Saidi (University of Bonn)

Ian Tonks (University of Bristol)

Serafeim Tsoukas (University of Glasgow)

Francesco Vallascas (Durham University)

John O.S. Wilson (University of St Andrews)

Geoffrey Wood (Western University London Ontario)

Eliza Wu (University of Sydney Business School)

José Liñares-Zegarra (Essex Business School)


How to submit

Interested authors should submit their paper by email to EFiC by Monday 8 April 2024 using the following format for the file name: EFiC_SubmittingAuthorSurname_PaperTitle.pdf. PhD students should indicate if their submission is for the PhD session, otherwise it will be considered for the main session. 

Authors will be notified of the final decision by Monday 22 April 2024.

We strongly encourage early submissions. Periodic reviews of submissions will be conducted, therefore it is possible for authors to receive decision notifications prior to the final decision deadline.

Registration fees


 Standard fee

Late fee*


£250   £300
Business & Policymakers £300 £350
Students £100 £150

Conference dinner**

Thursday 4 July 2024

£75 £75

*From 1 June 2024.

**The number of guests at the conference dinner is capped, with tickets allocated on a first come, first served basis.


The Conference will take place at Castello Angioino in Gaeta, Italy. The airports closest to Gaeta are Rome Fiumicino, Rome Ciampino, and Naples International.

Accommodation for conference participants has been reserved at Hotel Gajeta, Hotel Mirasole International, Residence Punta Stendardo, and Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel – booking must be confirmed by Monday 15 May 2023 with accommodation allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Further details will be provided in due course.

Important dates

Submission deadline Monday 8 April 2024
Decision notification Monday 22 April 2024
Registration deadline Monday 10 June 2024
Conference dates Thursday 4 July - Friday 5 July 2024


For all enquiries please contact the conference organisers by email.

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