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Professor Dr. Wolfgang Bessler
Finance and Banking

Curriculum vitae

  • Final degree (Dipl.-Kfm. and Dipl.-Hdl./business teacher) in 1981, University of Hamburg
  • M.B.A. 1983, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) in 1987, University of Hamburg
  • Research assistant and assistant professor at the Department of Monetary and Capital Transactions of the University of Hamburg, 1983-1989
  • Professor of Finance and Banking at Syracuse University and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA, 1989-1996
  • Professor of International Management at the Hamburg University for Economics and Politics, 1996-1998
  • Since 1998, Professor of Finance and Banking at the University of Giessen
  • Other chairs offered by the universities in Montreal, Boston, Chicago, New York, Göttingen
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Fields of research

  • Corporate finance
  • Asset management
  • Banks and stock markets
  • Empirical capital market research

Edited works

  • European Journal of Finance
  • Journal of Multinational Financial Management
  • Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Ventures
  • Financial Markets and Portfolio Management
  • Zeitschrift für Bankrecht und Bankwirtschaft
  • Schriftenreihe Geld-Banken-Börsen im Gabler Verlag

Selected publications

  • Zinsrisikomanagement in Kreditinstituten, Deutscher UniversitätsVerlag, Wiesbaden, 1989, 359 Seiten.
  • Börsen, Banken und Kapitalmärkte, Duncker und Humblot Verlag, Berlin, 2006, 820 Seiten.
  • Alternative Investments (Venture Capital & Hedge Funds), Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, 2006.
  • Agency Problems and the Performance of Venture-backed IPOs in Germany: Exit Strategies, Lock-up Periods, and Bank Ownership, European Journal of Finance, 2007, 29-63.
  • New Asset Classes and Portfolio Management, Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, 2008.

Academic and industry contacts

Professor Bessler is a founding member of the Multinational Finance Society and a member of more than fifteen academic associations such as the American and the European Finance Association. He participated in organising several international conferences, organised symposia and gave over 170 lectures at international academic conferences. In addition, he is a reviewer for leading international journals. Moreover, Professor Bessler was a consultant in the United States to several banks, stock markets and international companies. He is a member of the advisory bodies of different institutions. He maintains close cooperation contacts with the industry.

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