Rainer Haselmann is Professor of Finance and Accounting at Goethe University Frankfurt and CEPR Research Fellow. His research focuses on banking, financial regulation, corporate governance and the political economy of rule-making. He endeavors to foster research in these fields by an intensive cross-disciplinary cooperation that does not only result in interdisciplinary research output but also in new methodologies. To reach this goal, he will bring together young as well as established researchers in the fellowship program of the Center.
Since 2011 Tobias Tröger holds the SAFE Chair of Private Law, Trade and Business Law, Jurisprudence at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main. His research interests include corporate law (particularly, comparative corporate governance and corporate finance), banking regulation and the economic analysis of law. Tobias Tröger aspires to connect the methods of quantitative analysis with an in-depth understanding of institutions and their evolution to achieve an innovative cross-pollination of law and finance.
[until August 2022]
(*equivalent to NTT Assistant Professor)
Elsa Massoc completed her PhD in Political Science at UC Berkeley in Summer 2018. In 2018-2019, she was a Max Weber post-doctoral fellow at the European Institute. Her main research interests are in Comparative Political Economy, business and politics, public policy and the regulation of finance. Her book manuscript explores the role of public actors in shaping different European trajectories of finance after the crisis. She has published articles in RIPE, SER and Business and Politics.
In September 2022, Elsa started her new position as Assistant Professor in IPE at the School of Economics and Political Science at the University of St. Gallen.
(*equivalent to NTT Assistant Professor)
Tel.: +49 (0)69 798-33853
Casimiro Nigro holds a Law degree from the University of Perugia (Italy), an LLM. from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (UK). He has obtained a Ph.D. in Business Law from LUISS “Guido Carli” in Rome (Italy), where he has discussed a dissertation concerning the law and finance of exit transactions from venture capital-backed companies. He currently works as a post-doc at the Institution of Law and Finance Research Center, where he is - inter alia - furthering and refining his research on venture capital-backed companies.
Sebastian Schreiber obtained his PhD in Finance from Goethe University Frankfurt in 2023. He further holds a Master’s degree in Quantitative Finance from Goethe University Frankfurt and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Administration from the University of Tübingen. During his PhD studies, he worked for two years as a banking supervisor and research economist at Deutsche Bundesbank, where he now is a regular visiting researcher. In his research, Sebastian applies state-of-the-art econometric techniques on large and complex datasets to answer question in banking regulation, financial market efficiency and the political economy of central banks.
[until June 2023]
(*equivalent to NTT Assistant Professor)
Shikhar Singla earned his PhD in Finance from London Business School. His research interests include regulation, political economy, law & finance, and artificial intelligence.
Alexandra Dierking is a coordinator supporting the LawFin team and fellows in their work, overviewing the project funds, organizing events and serving as contact person for all administrative concerns of the project. Alexandra completed her studies of Business Administration at Trier University including studies abroad at the University of Bath. Afterwards she worked several years in the International Office as well as in the Doctoral Studies Office of a private University.
Miriam Doukkali is a coordinator supporting the LawFin team and fellows in their work, overviewing project funds, organizing events and serving as contact person for all administrative concerns of the project. Miriam completed her studies of Social Sciences at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf including studies abroad at the University of Turku, Finland. Afterwards she worked several years as a PR consultant in a PR agency based in Frankfurt.
Professor em. for Civil and Business Law, Director of the Institute for Law and Finance
Theodor Baums is Prof. emeritus of Civil and Business Law at Goethe University Frankfurt. His reasearch interests are corporate governance and the law and economics of corporate finance, both also in a comparative and historical perspective.
He has been affiliated researcher of the Center until 2020.
Tobias Berg is Professor of Finance at Goethe University. He is interested in how finance shapes firms, banks and societies and his research interests focus on Financial Intermediation, Corporate Finance, Empirical Methods, Risk Management, FinTech, and Climate Finance.
Matthias Goldmann has been a Junior Professor of International Public Law and Financial Law at Goethe University since 2016. He focuses on sovereign debt issues, monetary law, and banking regulation. He approaches these topics from a public law perspective, embedding the law in its historical, political philosophical, and political economic context. Stations in the past include New York University, the London School of Economics, the European University Institute, and Università di Torino. As of December 2021, Matthias Goldmann has taken up a position as Professor of International Law at the EBS Law School.
Alperen A. Gözlügöl is a postdoctoral researcher in the field of law & finance at the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE. His research interests include comparative corporate law & governance, capital markets law and financial regulation. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg and his LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. He is currently working on projects at the intersection of (business) law, sustainability and climate change, among others.
Katharina Hombach is a Professor of Financial Accounting and Corporate Governance at Goethe University. Her research interests include disclosure regulation, targeted transparency, internal information production, and spillover effects.
"Combining research in law and economics, with a special focus on finance, is mutually beneficial for both disciplines. It equips legal analysis with additional, theoretical and empirical toolkit, and ensures that economic analysis is conducted within an appropriate institutional framework."
"Bringing Law and Finance closer together has been, since its inception, a major element of the research planning at Goethe University’s House of Finance. The idea is to render finance research more relevant for society, which ultimately requires a deeper understanding of legal institutions and practice than it is traditionally embodied in financial economic analyses and policy design. The „Kolleg Forschergruppe“ LawFin has the potential not only to fulfill these interdisciplinary ambitions, but also to leave a trait on the standard curriculum in both fields, finance and legal studies."
„Most legal rules are about changing behavior. Hence, making them and applying them requires an underlying theory about decision making. Disciplines such as economics, behavioral finance, or neuroeconomics provide such theories. Setting the stage for a multi-disciplinary debate at the LawFin Center will be fascinating!"
Professor of Finance,
Director of the Household Finance Department at LIF SAFE
Christine Laudenbach is Professor of Finance at Goethe University and Director of the Household Finance Department at the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE. Her research interests are behavioral economics and household finance, here in particular the drivers of financial decision making of private households and ways of improving the quality of these decisions, e.g. through financial education, financial advice, or decision making tools.
Raimond Maurer is a Professor of Investment, Portfolio Management and Pension Finance at Goethe University. Until 2020, he was Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. His research interests are in the area of portfolio and risk management of institutional investors as well as savings and investment decisions of private households in the lifecycle.
Alexander Morell holds the Chair for Civil Law, Business Law and Law and Economics. He is interested in questions at the intersection of corporate governance and capital market regulation, where he has dealt with issues of corporate disclosure. He also works on judicial enforcement and on antitrust, for instance pursuing a project on the fine-tuning of compliance incentives in cartel prevention.
Loriana Pelizzon is Department Director of "Financial Markets" and coordinator of Gender Equality at the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE as well as Full Professor at Goethe University Frankfurt, Chair of Law and Finance. She is also part-time Full Professor of Economics at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and Research Affiliate at MIT Sloan. Her research interests are on risk measurement and management, hedge funds, market microstructure, financial institutions, systemic risk, sovereign risk and financial crisis.
"When analysing policies affecting the financial sector and the real economy, economists face the risk of giving too much weight to unimportant regulations and, conversely, missing institutional details that turn out to be crucial. Joining forces with legal scholars will be crucial to achieve a better understanding of the economic effects of legal institutions."
Maik Schmeling is a Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance at Goethe University Frankfurt and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London. His research interests are in Empirical Asset Pricing, International Finance, and Monetary Policy and Asset Prices.
Sebastian Steuer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE. He holds a Ph.D. in law (Dr. iur.) from Goethe University and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, among other degrees. His research interests include corporate law, securities regulation, banking supervision, competition law and private law. A major focus of his recent research has been on market-based approaches to climate change mitigation, including green finance, emissions trading and carbon offsets.