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Hannes F Wagner
Associate Professor
Department of Finance

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Biographical note

Hannes Wagner is Associate Professor of Finance at Bocconi University. He is also a Fellow at the IGIER Institute for Economic Research. Hannes conducts prize-winning research focusing on corporate finance, corporate governance, investor activism, corporate social responsibility, institutional investors, and corporate misconduct. His work has been published in leading academic journals, including the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics, and has been featured in the Economist, the Financial Times, and Harvard Business Review. He is the recipient of several awards, including among others, the inaugural 2015 AAM CAMRI Prize in Asset Management for his research on hedge fund activism, the 2012  Best Paper award at the European Finance Association meetings for his research on family firm performance during the financial crisis, the 2014 award for Best Paper in Corporate Finance at the Southwestern Finance Association for his research on outside director compensation, and several Teaching Excellence prizes at Bocconi. 

Academic CV

Hannes has been teaching executives and non-executives at Bocconi, Rotterdam School of Management, University of Oxford, the Duisenberg School of Finance, and University of Munich.

Research areas

Corporate Finance, Shareholder Activism, Institutional Investors, Family Firms, Corporate Governance 

Selected publications

Do Institutional Investors Drive Corporate Social Responsibility? International Evidence, with Alexander Dyck, Karl Lins, Lukas Roth, 2018, Journal of Financial Economics, forthcoming.

  • Runner-up of 2017 Investment for Impact Research Prize, Center for Responsible Business, Berkeley-Haas

Do Qualifications Matter? New Evidence on Board Functions and Director Compensation, with Viktar Fedaseyeu and James Linck, 2018, Journal of Corporate Finance, forthcoming.

  • Winner of 2014 Southwestern Finance Association Best Paper Award in Corporate Finance, Dallas

The Returns to Hedge Fund Activism: An International Study, with Marco Becht, Julian Franks, and Jeremy Grant, 2017, Review of Financial Studies 30, 2933-2971 (Lead Article).

  • Winner of the 2015 CAMRI Prize in Asset Management

The Survival of the Weakest: Flourishing Family Firms in Germany, with Julian Franks and Colin Mayer, 2015, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance 27, 27-35. 

Does Family Control Matter? International Evidence from the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis, with Karl Lins and Paolo Volpin, 2013, Review of Financial Studies 26, 2583-2619.

  • Winner of S.A.C. Capital Advisors Best Conference Paper Award presented at the 39th European Finance Association Annual Meeting, Copenhagen

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.

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.