About Me

I am currently working as a Research Associate in the Sustainable Finance Programme at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford.  I have recently submitted my PhD thesis examining the determinants and consequences of securities class actions.  In September 2016 I visited Harvard Business School (hosted by Professor Paul Healy).  While there I attended PhD classes in applied econometrics and empirical research in accounting.

In a Managerial Finance paper based on my Master’s thesis, I analysed how firm operating performance changes around the filing of a class action.  My results from that paper suggest that securities class actions do not damage operating performance and instead result in performance enhancing improvements.

In the first paper of my PhD, I analyse whether politically influential firms are able to get away with their misconduct for longer.  In that paper, I find that the longer detection time for managerial misconduct for lobbying firms, identified by Yu and Yu (2011, JFQA), is not evident after 2004.  The findings indicate that the tacit power of lobbying firms has decreased over time, most likely as a result of the enactment of SOX.

In my ongoing research, I am analysing the relationship between securities class actions and private debt and innovation.  In particular, I am interested in whether the structure of loans is related to the occurrence of misconduct and how the events surrounding securities class actions impact renegotiations and the relationships with banks.

I am currently also working as a research assistant on a project examining capital raising and stranded assets in the oil and gas industry.  My current research interests include corporate finance, financial regulation, ESG, behavioural finance and asset valuation.