The Risk Banking and Finance Society Presentation



Beautiful Minds in Finance

1st event: Florence, Palazzo Incontri – via de’ Pucci 1, Friday February 18th, 2011 at 3.00pm

“Basel III: New Perspectives and Old Mistakes”
Keynote Speaker: Giovanni Barone Adesi, Director - Swiss Finance Institute of Lugano

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Giovanni Barone-Adesi is professor of finance theory and director at the Swiss Finance Institute, University of Lugano, Switzerland. He studied electrical engineering as an undergraduate at the University of Padova. Later he received a MBA and a PhD from the Graduate Business School at the University of Chicago, specializing in Finance and Statistics. Before moving to Lugano he has taught at the University of Alberta, University of Texas at Austin, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and City University. His main research interests are derivative securities, asset and risk management. He is the author of several models for valuing and hedging securities. Especially well-known are his contributions with Whaley to the pricing of American commodity options and his filtered simulation approach to the measurement of market risk, developed while advising the London Clearing House. His more recent works concern the pricing of index options, barrier options, gold derivatives. Currently he is president of BACEP, a fund management firm. He has been an advisor to several exchanges, financial intermediaries and other business organizations in the areas of risk management and financial strategy.



2nd event: Florence, Palazzo Incontri, via de’ Pucci 1 - Monday, March 28, 2011 at 3.00 pm

"Current conditions and outlook for credit and sovereign Debt Markets"
Keynote Speaker Edward Altman, Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business, New York University

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Edward I. Altman Edward I. Altman is the Max L. Heine Professor of finance and the director of research in Credit and Debt markets at the Salomon Center for the Study of financial institutions at the New York University Stern School of Business. Dr Altman received his BA in Economics from the City College of New York, and his MBA and PhD in Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles. He chaired Stern’s MBA program for 12 years, and has been a visiting professor at Hautes Etudes Commerciales and Université of Paris-Dauphine in Paris, Pontificia Catolica Universidade in Rio de Janeiro, Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Luigi Bocconi University in Milan, and CEMFI in Madrid. Internationally recognized as an expert on corporate bankruptcy, high yield bonds, distressed debt, and credit risk analysis, Dr. Altman was named one of the most influential people in Finance by Treasury & Risk Management magazine in 2005. He was inducted into the Fixed income Analysts Society Hall of Fame in 2001, served as President of the Financial Management Association in 2003, and was appointed an FMA Fellow in 2004.

Dr Altman is a Founder and Executive editor of the international publication, the Journal of Banking & Finance, and Advisory Editor of the John Wiley Frontiers in Finance series. He has published or edited more than two dozen books and over 130 articles in scholarly finance, accounting, and economic journal. He was the editor of the Handbook of Corporate Finance and the Handbook of Financial Markets and Institutions, and the author of a number of recent books, including Recent advances in Corporate Finance, Investing in Junk bonds, and Distressed Securities. His work has appeared in many languages including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. He has been Chairman of the Academic Council of the Turnaround Management Association since 2002, Chairman Emeritus and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Interschool Orchestras of New York, and a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of American Financial History.




3rd Event: Florence, Palazzo Incontri, via de’ Pucci 1 - Monday May 2nd, 2011 at 3.00pm

"Intellectual Hazard: a systemic threat to the stability of the world's financial system”
Keynotes speaker: Geoffrey Parsons Miller, Stuyvesant Comfort Professor of Law, New York University Law School

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Geoffrey P. Miller Geoffrey P. Miller is the Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law at New York University Law School and Director of the Law School’s Center for the Study of Financial Institutions. Prior to joining NYU in 1995, Miller was the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Associate Dean, Director of the Program in Law and Economics and Editor of the Journal of Legal Studies. Miller has been a visiting scholar or visiting professor at the Bank of Japan, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Harvard University, Columbia University, the University of Minnesota, University of Basel, University of Frankfurt, University of St. Gallen, University of Sydney, University of Auckland, University of Genoa, NYU-NUS (Singapore), the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law, and the European University Institute. He is author of six books and more than two hundred scholarly articles in the fields of banking law, corporate law, legal ethics, separation of powers, civil procedure, and law and economics, and has published Banking Law and Regulation (4th ed., Aspen Law and Business 2008)(with Jonathan R. Macey and Richard Scott Carnell). His most recent book, Risk, Trust, and Moral Hazard in Financial Markets, is due to be published by Il Mulino Press in April 2011. Miller serves on the Board of Directors of State Farm Bank, a federally-insured depository institution with more than $15 billion in assets.



4th Event: Florence, Palazzo Incontri, via de’ Pucci 1 - Thursday 16th, 2011 at 3.00 pm 

"Intelligence economica. Il ciclo dell’informazione nell’era della globalizzazione"
Keynotes speaker: Paolo Savona, Professor at G. Marconi University of Rome


 Florence, Palazzo Incontri – via de’ Pucci 1, March 26th, 2013 at 3.00pm

"Managing Risk and Opportunity. Risk Management for Directors" Keynote  speakers: Maxine Garvey, Oliviero Roggi and Torben J. Andersen


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