Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes#

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Florencio Lopez is Professor of Finance and Law at EDHEC Business School in France and Head of the Fund Governance Research Programme at the EDHEC Risk and Asset Management Research Centre. He also holds a joint Chair in Law and Finance at Paris School of Economics and EDHEC, and has the honorary title of Distinguished Professor of Finance at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests and main publications fall in the areas of International Corporate Finance and Financial Markets, Legal Reform and Privatization. He has been an advisor on these topics to several governments, international institutions and corporations. Some of his research shows the relevance of law and institutions for the functioning of markets and their development. He has many publications in top finance and economics journals and has recently published two books on Investor Protection and the Benefits of Privatization in Latin America. Among other distinctions, he received Harvard's Wells Prize for the Best Dissertation in Economics (1995), the Brattle Prize for distinguished paper in the Journal of Finance of the American Finance Association (1999), and the Jensen Prize for the best papers published in the Journal of Financial Economics in the Areas of Corporate Finance and Organizations (2000). He is one of the top three most cited researchers in the world in economics and business in the last 10 years, according to the Essential Science Indicators. Before coming to France, he has also been a professor at the universities of Harvard, Yale, Amsterdam, and the Ecole Normale Superieur in Paris.


1993 Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Thesis: “Privatization and Restructuring”
Fields: Financial Economics, International Trade, and Industrial Organization

1991 A.M., Economics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Fields: Corporate Finance and Financial Markets, International Finance and Trade

1989 A.B., Economics, with highest honors (Summa Cum Laude). I.T.A.M., Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
Thesis: “The Automobile Industry: A Model of Its Regulation”
Professor Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, Ph.D., EDHEC Business School

  • 2007 – Present Professor of Finance and Law, and Director of Corporate Governance Research Program, EDHEC Business School, France
  • June 2005 – 2007 Professeur Invité d’Economie, and PSE-EDHEC Chair in Law and Economics, Ecole Normale Superieur, Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques, France
  • September 2008 – Present Distinguished University Professor (Honorary), Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • June 2006 - June 2007 Professor of Finance and Governance, Head of the Department of Finance, Chair of the MBA and of the International Masters’ Committees, Amsterdam Business School, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • June 2005 - Present Professeur Invité d’Economie, Ecole Normale Superieur, Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques, (CEPREMAP), France
  • Sept. 2005 - May 2006 Visiting Professor of Finance, Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • July 2001 - June 2005 Professor of Finance and Economics, Yale University, School of Management
  • July 1998 - June 2001 Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • July 1994 - June 1998 Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • 1988 - 1989 Assistant Professor of Economics (part time), I.T.A.M. (Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de México), México City, México

  • since March 2007 Faculty Research Fellow, Financial and International Markets, Tinbergen Institute, Netherlands
  • since February 2006 Board Member, Academic Advisory Board, Corporate Governance Center, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
  • since August 2006 Fellow, Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics, Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • since March 2005 Board Member, Academic Advisory Board, The Fraser Institute, Canada
  • since 1996 Faculty Research Fellow and Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA
  • 2006-2007 Member of the Program Committee, WFA 2007 Meetings, Western Finance Association, U.S. and Canada
  • 2006-2007 Co-chair and Member of the Program Committee, EFA Meetings 2007, European Finance Association, Europe
  • 1999-2003 Associate Editor, Economia, Journal of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association
  • 1999-2001 Faculty Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
  • 1996-2002Faculty Associate, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University

  • since March 2005 Board Member, Academic Advisory Board, The Fraser Institute, Canada
  • since January 2007 Academic Board Member, Duisenberg Institute of Finance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • November 2006 - June 2007 Board Member, AFORE DE LA GENTE, Mexico
  • 2005-2006 Advisor in Corporate Governance, BANSEFI, Mexico
  • 2003-2005 Advisor to the National Banking and Securities Commission ant the Ministry of Finance to develop the new *Mexican Securities Markets’ Law of 2005. Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2003 Founding Board Member, Advisory Board on Corporate Governance, World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2002-2004 Board Member, Corporate Board Member’s Academic Council, U.S.
  • 2001 Board Member, Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility of the Treasurer of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Pension Investment Management Board, Boston, U.S.A.
  • 2003 Founding Board Member, Committee on Best Corporate Practices AVE, Venezuela
  • 2000 Founding Board Member, Blue Ribbon Panel of Best Corporate Practices, Russian Institute for Corporate Law and Corporate Governance, Moscow, Russia
  • since 1997 Founding Board Member, Committee of Best Corporate Governance Practices, Stock Market Commission, Mexico
  • 2001 Board Member, Advisory Board for Business Environment, Development Gateway, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
  • since 2000 Advisor, Inter-American Investment Corporation. Topics: Evaluation of investments in Latin American Corporations. Washington, D.C.
  • 2003 Founding Panel Member, International Advisory Panel, Etisalat University, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • 2002 Founding Advisory Board Member, Institute of Public Policy and Development Studies, Universidad de Las America, Puebla, Mexico
  • 2001 Board Member, Expert Group for Development of Mechanisms to Invest Pension Reserves and Draft Laws for Funded Financing of Pension of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Moscow, Russia
  • Advisory Board Member or Consultant for several corporations including: VideoShare Communications Inc. (USA); AAA Asset Management S/C Ltda. (Brazil); Protego S.C. (Mexico); and Coca Cola Co., ROZ Group (Uzbekistan)
  • Advisor to various Mexican government ministries and agencies including: National Banking and Securities Commission (1996-present); Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Communications and Transportation (1995-present); and Ministry of Commerce and Industrial Development (1992-1999); Topics: Corporate Law, Bankruptcy Law, Financial Markets Reform and Banking Regulation and Privatization
  • Advisor, Bogota Stock Exchange, Ministry of Economic and Social Development, and Confederation of Chambers of Commerce, Colombia, 1999 to present. Topics: Bankruptcy Law and Corporate Law Reform, Code of Best Corporate Practices.
  • 1994-2003 Consultant, governments of China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico Peru, Russia, Uruguay, Uzbekistan and Yemen. Topics: Financial Markets Reform, Bankruptcy Law, Corporate Law and Privatization
  • Consultant, The World Bank. Topics: Doing Business Around the World, Courts and Judicial Reform, Labor regulation, Corporate Governance (2000-2005), Corporate law and Bankruptcy Law (1998-1999), and Privatization (1994)
  • 1998-1999 Consultant, International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C., Topics: Bankruptcy Law
  • 1989 Under-Director of Foreign Trade Policy Design and Member of the Committee of Advisors to the Minister of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Trade and Industrial Development, Mexico
  • 1988 Head of Department and Junior Economic Advisor to the President of Mexico, Council of Economic Advisors to the President of Mexico, Mexico
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