B. Espen Eckbo
Tuck Centennial Chair of Finance
Professor B. Espen Eckbo is the Tuck Centennial Chair Professor of Finance at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, USA. He is an internationally known scholar in the area of corporate finance and governance, with a specialization in the study of major corporate transactions such as M&As and corporate restructurings. He has published extensively in all the top finance journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Financial Studies, and has written several books. Eckbo was a founding editor of the journal of the European Finance Association (renamed Review of Finance in 1997) and he has served as guest editor of the Journal of Financial Economics. He has also served as associate editor for a variety of journals, including the Review of Financial Studies. He is a recipient of the prestigious Batterymarch Fellowhip and several best paper awards, including the Michael C. Brennan Best Paper Award at the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial Economics All-Star Paper award (three times). In 2011, the Norwegian School of Economics awarded Eckbo an Honorary Doctoral Degree (Docteur Honoris Causa). Eckbo is a frequent keynote and invited seminar speaker, and he testified before the U.S. Congress in 2009 on issues concerning the role of the U.S. government’s large equity ownership positions in companies rescued under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). A native of Norway, he has assisted Norway’s trillion-dollar Sovereign Wealth Fund in designing its corporate governance principles and strategy. Eckbo graduated with a PhD from the University of Rochester in 1981. He was a professor at the University of British Columbia from 1981-1996, and held the Finn Oyen Chair in Financial Economics at the Norwegian School of Management (BI), 1993-94, and the Gosta Olson Chair in Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics, 1996-1998, before joining the Tuck School of Business in 1998. He has held visiting professorships at INSEAD, MIT and UCLA and has been, for the past twenty-five years, an adjunct professor of finance at the Norwegian School of Economics.
Baruch I. Lev
Philip Bardes Professor of Accounting and Finance
New York University
Baruch Lev is the Philip Bardes Professor of Accounting and Finance at New York University Stern School of Business. In his current position, Professor Lev teaches courses in accounting, financial analysis and investor relations. Professor Lev has been with NYU over 20 years. His primary research areas of interest include corporate governance; earnings management; financial accounting; financial statement analysis; intangible assets/intellectual capital; capital markets; and mergers and acquisitions. Professor Lev is the author of six books including Intangibles: Management, Measurement, and Reporting, Winning Investors Over (2012), and most recently: The End of Accounting and The Path Forward for Investors and Managers (Wiley, 2016). Lev has published over 100 research studies in the leading accounting, finance and economic journals and received numerous awards and honorary doctorates. Before joining NYU, Professor Lev held academic positions at the University of Chicago, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, where he was dean of the business school, and University of California at Berkeley (jointly appointed by the business and law schools). Lev’s practical experience includes auditing, and investment banking. He was also a partner in a consulting firm. Professor Lev received his Bachelor of Accounting degree from Hebrew University, Jerusalem; his Master of Business Administration and his doctorate degrees from the University of Chicago.