Talk by Srinivas Pulavarti on The Investment Climate and Asset Allocation Frameworks in Global Financial Markets

The Centre for Capital Markets and Risk Management is pleased to invite you to a talk by Srinivas Pulavarti, titled


Srinivas “Srini” Pulavarti, is President and Chief Investment Officer, UCLA Investment Company. Mr. Pulavarti is responsible for defining the strategic vision for management of the UCLA’s portfolios while directing the UCLA’s staff and overseeing more than 100 external investment managers. Previously, Mr. Pulavarti served as president and chief investment officer of Spider Management Company, which as of July 2012 managed $1.9 billion for the University of Richmond in Virginia and $1.1 billion for 23 other entities, for a total pool of approximately $3 billion. Under Mr. Pulavarti’s leadership, the Spider endowment was consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best-performing among universities. Among his previous positions, Mr. Pulavarti served as director of global investment strategy for Citigroup Pension Investments; director of investments for Johns Hopkins University; investment manager for Lockheed Martin Investment Management Company, and senior analyst of fixed income and sovereign debt for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

VENUE: Room C-13 on Thursday,  September 24, 2015 from 4:15-5:30 PM. Refreshments afterwards.




DATE: April 22-24, 2016
LOCATION: Lemesos, Cyprus
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 15, 2015
NOTE: Each paper will be allocated to a conference participant for discussion


Turan G. Bali – Georgetown University, USA
Raghavendra Rau – University of Cambridge, UK

ORGANIZED BY: Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus


Panayiotis C. Andreou – Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus & Durham University, UK
Panayiotis Theodossiou – Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus


George Athanassakos – University of Western Ontario, Canada
Wolfgang Bessler – Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany
George Blazenko – Simon Fraser University, Canada
Ephraim Clark – Middlesex University Business School, UK
George Constantinides – University of Chicago, USA
Ian Cooper – London Business School, UK
Mehmet Karan – Hacettepe University, Turkey
Johan Knif – Hanken School of Economics, Finland
Yoram Kroll – Ono Academic College (OAC), Israel
Anastasios Malliaris – Loyola University Chicago, USA
Minna Martikainen – Hanken School of Economics, Finland
Nikolaos T. Milonas – University of Athens, Greece
Usha Mittoo – University of Manitoba, Canada
Christos Negakis – University of Macedonia, Greece
Edgar Ortiz – Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
Leszek Preisner – AGH, Poland
Wendy Rotenberg – University of Toronto, Canada
Frank Skinner – Brunel University, UK
Ania Zalewska – University of Bath, UK


Neophytos Lambertides – Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Christodoulos Louca – Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Photis Panayides – Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Andreas Petrou – Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Panikkos Poutziouris – University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus
Christos Savva – Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
George Theocharides – CIIM, Cyprus


Best Paper Award
The prize is 750 USD plus complimentary entry of the award-winning paper to the Annual Conference Program. This award is open to all papers to be presented at the conference.

Best Doctoral Paper Award (Finance)
The prize is 500 USD plus complimentary entry of the award-winning paper to the Annual Conference Program. This award is open to all doctoral finance related papers to be presented at the conference.

Best Doctoral Paper Award (Shipping)
The prize is 500 USD plus complimentary entry of the award-winning paper to the Annual Conference Program. This award is open to all doctoral shipping related papers to be presented at the conference.


The early bird registration fee for presenting authors is €275 if registered by February 15, 2016. Standard registration fee is €375. For doctoral students, a discount of €75 applies*. Late registration after March 15, 2016 includes as surcharge of 20% on the standard registration fee.

Registered participants automatically become members of the Society for one year, which allows them to submit papers to the Multinational Finance Journal at a reduced submission fee.

The social functions include a welcome reception, a guided sightseeing tour, two lunches, coffee breaks and a gala dinner. These functions are complimentary to all registered participants and accompanying persons. Accompanying persons, not appearing on the conference program as co-authors, can registered for the social functions at the time of main registration for an additional fee of €90.

Faculty or practitioners who would like to attend the conference without presenting must register by April 10, 2016 for a fee of €150.

Registrations for presenting authors are non-refundable after March 15, 2016. Prior to March 15, 2016, an administrative charge of €100 will be deducted from any refunded fees. Other registration fees are not refundable.

* Discount will apply only when the student submits a letter showing evidence confirming his/her status as a doctoral student. The letter should be printed on official letterhead and signed by the head/chair of the School.


Papers in all areas of Finance, Banking, Accounting and Economics dealing with developed and developing countries are welcome. Specific topics include, but are not limited to: Asset Pricing; International Asset Market Structures; Financial Derivatives; Corporate Ownership; Governance and Compensation and Firm Performance; Issues of Governance and Management Control; Cost of Bankruptcy and Financial Distress; Capital Structure Issues for Firms; Capital Structures in the Post Crisis Era; Financial Accounting; Banking in Crisis; CDS; Commodities; Contagion in Financial Markets; Initial and Seasoned Public Offerings and Equity Restructuring; Investment Banking and Issuing of Corporate Securities; FX Arbitrage; Financial Reporting; Mergers; Acquisitions; Corporate Restructuring and Takeover Defences; Behavioral Finance; Microstructure of Developed and Emerging Markets; Portfolio Management and Pricing Models; International Corporate Pension Fund Policies; Institutions; Public Sector Financial Constraints in Times of Austerity; Management Traits and Decision Making; The Role of Social Media in the Dissemination of Information; The Management of Restraints in Sources of Finance.

Policy-oriented papers from researchers in government and industry are particularly welcome. Suggestions for the organization of panel sessions on topics of general interest will also be considered.


The Multinational Finance Society will provide financial support for a limited number of registered doctoral students not sponsored by their institutions.


Please visit our website at to submit a copy of a completed or nearly completed paper.

The cover page should include the affiliation, address, phone and email address of each author. Each participant agrees to serve as a discussant of a paper in his/her own area of interest, if needed.


Cyprus University of Technology
Lemesos, Cyprus


Information regarding the conference, accommodation, keynote speakers, travel arrangements, registration fees and other activities will be published on the MFS website in due course. Information about past conferences can be found on the website as well.


Cooperative Central Bank Ltd, Cyprus

Talk by Dr. Alex Frino, Dean, Macquarie School of Management

MGSM-Alex-FrinoThe Centre for Capital Markets invites you to a talk by Dr. Alex Frino, Dean and Professor of Finance, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney Australia. Prior to his role as Dean, Alex most recently served as the CEO of the Australian Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre, an initiative of the Australian Federal Government.
Dr. Frino will be speaking on high-frequency trading and its impact on stock-futures arbitrage. His paper titled “The Impact of Latency Sensitive Trading on High Frequency Arbitrage Opportunities” is available on request.
The presentation will be held on Tuesday, May 5th 2015 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM at the IIMB Campus.(


Talk by Mr. Paul Smith, President & CEO, CFA Institute

The Centre for Capital Markets invites you to a talk on “Building an Investment Profession in India” by Mr. Paul Smith, President & CEO , CFA Institute. The talk is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 20, 2015 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at the MDC Seminar Hall, IIMB Campus.

About the Talk

As a profession, investment management is relatively new. Over the past fifty years leaders in the field of investment profession have evolved and articulated a body of investment knowledge and a set of best practices that underpin the ability of financial markets to serve the needs of an increasingly complex global economy. However, the investment profession has come under increasing scrutiny in the wake of the global financial crisis and the seeming failure of financial institutions to keep the interest of their customers ahead of their own financial interests. In this context, Paul Smith, global President and CEO of CFA Institute will discuss major trends in the investment industry and how these affect the investment profession globally and in India. CFA Institute’s mission is to lead the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society. As the leader of the institution that has shaped the practice of investment management globally, Paul will offer his thoughts on where India stands today and how India should develop its own investment profession as it navigates the transition from a state dominated economy to a market driven economy.

Mr. Paul Smith

Paul SmithPaul Smith leads CFA Institute and its more than 127,000 members worldwide in promoting the highest standards of education, ethics, and professional excellence in the investment profession. He has been president and CEO since January 2015.

Mr. Smith has extensive leadership experience in the investment management industry, having held a variety of positions in major financial centers over 30 years. He started his career in asset management at Ermitage International, an alternative funds management company, progressively taking up roles of increasing responsibility across Europe (London, Paris, and Dublin) over 11 years — the last seven as the firm’s CEO.

He moved to Asia in 1996, just as the region began to take off, to join Bank of Bermuda in Hong Kong as Asia head of securities services. In 2001, he was promoted to global head of funds services. After HSBC’s acquisition of the bank in 2004, he served as HSBC’s global head of alternative funds administration working in Hong Kong and New York, where he was responsible for the delivery of services to 2,000 investment funds with over US$250 billion of assets.

Mr. Smith has also pursued entrepreneurial roles, most recently as founder and CEO of the Hong Kong-based hedge fund investment management firm Asia Alternative Asset Partners for six years prior to joining CFA Institute. Asian Investor magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential People in Asian Hedge Funds.

With over 18 years of experience in Asia, Mr. Smith is active in the region’s investment community as an Executive Committee member of the Alternative Investment Management Association in Hong Kong. He has also served on the board of a number of Asia-based funds over the years.

Aside from being a CFA charterholder, he is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and worked as an auditor at Pricewaterhouse in London for four years early in his career.

He holds a master’s degree in history from Oxford University.