Corporate Finance Symposium

April 26-27, 2016, Stockholm

The Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) and the Swedish House of Finance (SHoF) are pleased to invite interested academics and others to the first SSE/SHoF Corporate Finance Symposium on April 26-27, 2016 at Fotografiska in Stockholm. The conference is jointly organized with McKinsey & Company and Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyra.

CONFERENCE FOCUS: Corporate finance has been one of the most active areas of research in finance over the last few decades, but much of this research has had limited impact on corporate finance practice in many areas. An important goal of this conference is to bring together top academics and prominent practitioners working in corporate finance in order to create a lively forum for exchanging ideas in this field. The theme of this year’s conference is “Mergers and Acquisitions”.

The first conference day is targeted both towards academics and practitioners, and will focus on two themes within the general topic of M&A: “Programmatic M&A strategies”, where keynote speeches will be given by Gordon Phillips (Professor, Univ. of Southern California) and Moni Miyashita (Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Co); and “De-Biasing M&A Decision Making,” with keynote speakers Ulrike Malmendier (Professor, Berkeley) and Rima Qureshi (Chief Strategy Officer, Ericsson).

The second conference day will provide an academic forum showcasing the frontier in corporate finance research and follows a standard academic conference format. We plan on having eight presentations with discussions.

TOPICS: For the academic part of the conference, we invite authors to submit high-quality research papers in the areas of corporate finance. Both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome. Topics may include but are not limited to:
– Mergers and acquisitions
– Corporate restructuring
– Capital structure
– Bankruptcy and financial distress
– The interaction between real and financial strategy for corporations – Behavioral corporate finance

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Interested authors should e-mail their paper in Acrobat pdf format to Elisabeth Kempe, ( no later than February 1, 2016. Authors of accepted papers will be notified no later than February 15, 2016.

EXPENSES: We will provide accommodation as well as reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses for presenting authors and discussants.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Academic organizers: Bo Becker, Per Stromberg, and Pehr Wissen

6th International Conference of the Financial Engineering and Banking Society

June 10-12, 2016, Universidad de Malaga, Spain

You are invited to submit papers for presentation at the 6th International Conference of the Financial Engineering and Banking Society to be held on June 10-12, 2016 in Malaga, Spain.

The Conference is organized by the School of Business and Economics, University of Malaga (Spain), in co-operation with the Portsmouth Business School (University of Portsmouth, UK) and the Centre for Money, Banking & Institutions (University of Surrey, UK).

– Prof. Franklin Allen, Imperial College London and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
– Prof. Arnoud Boot, University of Amsterdam
– Prof. Stavros A. Zenios, University of Cyprus

SPECIAL ISSUES: Selected papers presented at the 2016 Conference will be published in special issues of the Journal of Financial Services Research and Annals of Operations Research. In addition, the conference organizers, in collaboration with the relevant journal editors, will also invite Conference participants to submit to regular issues of the Emerging Markets Review, the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money and the Journal of Multinational Financial Management.

PhD STUDENTS SPECIAL SESSIONS: Some concurrent sessions will be reserved for presentations by PhD students.

– The most outstanding paper presented at the Conference will be granted with the Conference Best Paper Award (Euro1,000).
– The Young Researcher Award (Euro 500) will be given to be best paper presented by a PhD student.
– The Best Paper Award in Banking (Euro500) will be given by the Portsmouth Business School (University of Portsmouth, UK).

SUBMISSIONS AND IMPORTANT DATES: Those wishing to present a paper at the Conference are invited to submit their manuscript or an extended abstract via the online submission system ( by February 22, 2016. Paper submission to the 2016 Conference is already opened!

AIM AND TOPICS: The theme of this year’s edition is “Banking, Finance and Institutions: Stability and Risk”. The Conference aims to provide a forum for discussion among academics, researchers and policy makers from around the world on, among other topics, financial stability and risk management, performance of financial intermediaries and financial markets, banking competition, regulatory and supervisory policies and reforms, financial modelling/engineering and decision making.

WEBPAGE: For further details, please visit the Conference website at

Chair: Ana Lozano-Vivas, University of Malaga (Spain).

– Miguel A. Duran, University of Malaga (Spain)
– Kyriaki Kosmidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
– Fotios Pasiouras, University of Surrey (UK) & Technical of Crete (Greece)

Alternative Investments

Conference organized by the Luxembourg School of Finance, University of Luxembourg in cooperation with the Journal of Empirical Finance

June 1-3, 2016, Monte Carlo, Monaco

This academic conference is devoted to issues related to Alternative Investments. Due to highly volatile equity markets, investors are in a permanent search for alternative asset classes to fulfill their need to uphold their returns without taking on too much risk. Moreover, increasing globalization has led to a diminishing impact of diversifying portfolios across borders. These recent developments have led to an increasing popularity of hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, but also other alternative investments such as art funds. The conference aims to contribute to a discussion whether the popularity of these investment alternatives can be thoroughly justified by financial motives.

This two-day conference is accompanied by a high-quality social program starting with a welcome reception on the evening of June 1st, 2016 and a conference dinner on June 2nd, 2016.

– Elroy Dimson, London Business School
– William Goetzmann, Yale School of Management
– David A. Hsieh, Duke University
– Roman Kraussl, Luxembourg School of Finance
– Thorsten Lehnert, Luxembourg School of Finance
– Christophe Spaenjers, HEC Paris
– Christian Wolff, Luxembourg School of Finance

TOPICS: We welcome submissions from all areas related to Alternative Investments. Complete papers in an early stage will also be considered. We ask you not to submit a paper that has been accepted for publication in a journal or is close to being accepted.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Interested authors should submit their papers as a pdf-file by January 31, 2016 to: Dual Submission option: Please indicate if you would like your paper to be considered for a special issue of the Journal of Empirical Finance. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by February 19, 2016.

EXPENSES AND PRACTICAL ARRANGEMENTS: Participants are expected to cover their travel expenses and accommodation.

Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making


May 22nd – 24th, 2016, St. Julien Hotel, Boulder, Colorado

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW: The Boulder Summer Conference in Consumer Financial Decision Making, now in its 7th year, is the world’s foremost interdisciplinary conference for discussion of research on consumer financial decision-making. Our goal is to stimulate cross-disciplinary conversation and improve basic and applied research in the emerging area of consumer financial decision-making. This research can inform our understanding of how consumers actually make such decisions and how consumers can be helped to make better decisions by innovations in public policy, business, and consumer education. Please see the 2015 program on the conference website ( to see abstracts of research by scholars in economics, psychology, sociology, behavioral finance, consumer research, decision sciences, behavioral economics, and law. Our format allows a very high level of opportunity for conversation and interaction around the ideas presented.

CONFERENCE FORMAT: We begin with a keynote session late Sunday afternoon followed by reception and poster session. The keynote speaker will be Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. Dan will speak on the topic of emergency savings among very poor consumers. A panel of experts will discuss emergency savings issues after this talk.

Monday and Tuesday we have ten 75-minute sessions with two related papers from different disciplines, with discussion by an industry or government expert or a scholar from a third field. We begin with financial decision making of consumers in distress because of poor financial decision-making or situational stress. We then turn our focus to more basic processes that guide everyday consumer financial decision-making, both good and bad. Throughout the conference we schedule significant time for informal interaction outside of the sessions.

SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS FOR THE 2016 CONFERENCE – DEADLINE DECEMBER 12, 2015: To submit an extended abstract (1 page single spaced pdf), please visit the conference website: and click on the Submit Paper Abstract link:

Please be sure to include all author identifying information on the 1-page abstract, designating the presenting author.

The conference co-chairs will select papers for presentation at the conference based on extended abstracts. Selected papers must not be published prior to the conference, but researchers presenting their work at the conference must commit to have a paper that is complete and available for review by discussants one month prior to the conference. Selections will be based on quality, relevance to consumers’ financial decision-making, and contribution to breadth of topics and disciplinary approaches. We consider not just the individual merits of the papers, but how they pair with another submission from a scholar in a different field. The organizers will invite authors of the best papers not selected for presentation at a plenary session to present their work at the Sunday evening poster session.

REGISTERING FOR THE CONFERENCE AND BOOKING A ROOM: The conference home page ( has links for registering for the conference and for booking a room at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa. We have negotiated very attractive room rates for conference attendees (and families). Please note that the Conference has not guaranteed any rooms, rather they are on a “first come” basis. We encourage you to book your rooms as soon as you can. Boulder is a popular summer destination and rooms go quickly at the St. Julien Hotel.

Contact us at

Conference Co-Chairs:
Donald Lichtenstein: +303-492-8206
John Lynch: +303-492-8413


Third Edinburgh Corporate Finance Conference

May 23-24, 2016, Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh Business School is delighted to host the Third Edinburgh Corporate Finance Conference on May 23-24, 2016. The conference will be at the highest quality level with 12 papers to be selected for presentation in plenary sessions over a day and one-half.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Toni Whited (Dale L. Dykema Professor of Business Administration, University of Michigan)

REVIEW OF FINANCE PARTNERSHIP: We are launching a dual submission partnership with the Review of Finance. The Sponsoring Editor is Alex Edmans. Authors can elect to have their paper considered for dual submission. Papers invited to dual submission are granted a submission that is both (i) free, i.e. no submission fee is required, and (ii) without prejudice, i.e. if the paper is rejected at any stage, it can be still be submitted to the RoF later.

The rules are as follows.
1. You must expressly indicate in a tick box on the submission form that you are interested in consideration by the RoF. If you have already submitted your paper and would like to be considered for dual submission, please email
2. Based on the conference reviews and the discretion of the RoF Sponsoring Editor, a small number of submitted papers will be invited to dual submission. While the conference reviews will be an important input into the dual submission decisions, the conference program and dual submission decisions are separate. Some papers accepted (not accepted) to the ECFC may end up not invited (invited) to dual submission, although there will likely be overlap between the two.
3. Papers invited to dual submission have the option of a free, without-prejudice submission. No submission fee is required, and if the paper is rejected at any stage (even a later round), it can still be submitted to the RoF at a later stage. The Sponsoring Editor will be the editor for the dual submission, except in the case of a conflict or superior fit with another editor.
4. A paper submitted to consideration for dual submission must not be under review at another journal, nor can it have been previously rejected by the RoF. While under consideration for dual submission, a paper may not be submitted to another journal (or the RoF) until the author has been notified.
5. The conference selection procedure will be unaffected by the choice of the authors to be considered for dual submission.

PAPER SELECTION PROCESS: For this conference, we are soliciting papers, both theoretical and empirical, in the area of corporate finance.

Bill Megginson (University of Oklahoma)
Seth Armitage (University of Edinburgh)
Maria Boutchkova (University of Edinburgh)

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Electronic submissions of unpublished papers via the conference website: until January 07, 2016 (we are extending the deadline in view of the new journal partnership). Authors will still be notified by March 11, 2016..

ABOUT THE VENUE: Edinburgh is the perfect venue for an international conference and participants may want to extend their stay to explore the atmospheric streets of the Old Town and the elegant Georgian architecture of the New Town; to visit famous historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle or the Palace of Holyroodhouse; to browse in wonderful museums, art galleries and shops; and to relax in some of the city’s excellent restaurants, bars and cafes.

The Scottish Highlands are a short drive away and offer beautiful and inspiring views of ancient landscapes with a fascinating history. Witness the amazing wildlife and take part in some thrilling outdoor pursuits. Explore the many mountains and glens, the stunning islands and stretches of coastline and follow the country’s only Malt Whisky Trail.

FURTHER INFORMATION: additional information and contacts can be found at Web: and Email:

Managerial Finance (An Emerald Insight Journal) Special Issue: “Legal Issues and Litigation in Modern Corporate Finance”

Guest Editors: Matteo P. Arena, Marquette University, and Stephen P. Ferris, University of Missouri

We solicit high-quality papers for the special issue of MF focusing on the topics related to legal issues and litigation in modern corporate finance.

The legal challenges faced by corporations have grown in significance in recent years. New research in this area has the potential to provide valuable information to practitioners when dealing with the new challenges created by an increasingly complex litigation environment.

TOPICS: Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
– The effect of litigation risk and corporate lawsuits on firm value.
– The effect of litigation risk and corporate lawsuits on corporate financial policies.
– Litigation risk management.
– International legal issues faced by multinational corporations.
– Litigation as a corporate governance mechanism.
– Measuring the cost of corporate litigation.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Papers should be submitted electronically online to Managerial Finance via its submission system ( Please follow the Journal submission guidelines specify that the manuscript is for the special issue in the submission process. While the submission deadline is 15 January 2016, authors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts early.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For additional information, send emails to Matteo Arena at or to Stephen Ferris at

Journal of Investment Consulting Special Issue – Impact Investing

The Journal of Investment Consulting, published by Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA), keeps investment management consultants and investment advisors abreast of new research findings in investments and private wealth management.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Papers are invited for publishing consideration from academics and qualified practitioners for a special issue dedicated to Impact Investing.

TOPICS: Impact investing is a topic that spans a wide range of perspectives, with differing views about what it entails. The lexicon of impact investing is varied and includes terms such as SRI (sustainable, responsible investing-or historically, socially responsible investing), values-based investing, ESG investing (environmental, social, and governance), sustainable investing, green investing, and thematic investing. This issue aims to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to provide new research and developments in the area. Topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:
– Impact investing and goals-based wealth management
– Integrating impact investing within the portfolio management process
– Investment analysis and valuation of impact investments
– Assessment of the impact investment sector
– Performance metrics and methodology for measuring non-financial outcomes of impact investments
– Impact investing and behavioral finance
– Risk factors and impact investing

Papers should provide the development of theory and applied research as well as new information, new ideas, and new insights on the chosen topic.

REVIEW PROCESS: A distinguished editorial advisory board consisting of acknowledged authorities and leaders in the fields of investment consulting, investment management, capital markets, fiduciary practice, wealth management, and financial planning will review submissions via double-blind review. Papers will be selected for publication based on relevancy, content, and proof of thought.

RESEARCH GRANTS: The Journal’s editorial advisory board also considers proposals for research on this topic and others, and provides up to $7,500 funding for approved proposals; the deliverable is a paper submission for publishing consideration via its blind-review process. For more information, visit

FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information about the Journal of Investment Consulting and manuscript guidelines, visit

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: For authors who want their papers considered for Issue #1, 2016, the submission deadline is February 28, 2016; however, authors are encouraged to submit work as soon as it is ready for consideration. Please submit two versions of the paper (one version with a cover page identifying authors and an anonymous version without a cover page) via e-mail in either PDF or Word format to: Debbie Nochlin (, Managing Editor, Journal of Investment Consulting.

Emerging Markets Group Workshop on “Global Liquidity and its International Implications”

22 April 2016, Cass Business School, City University London

The Emerging Markets Group at Cass Business School, City University London is pleased to announce a workshop on “Global Liquidity and its International Implications”.

Presented in partnership with the European Central Bank.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Linda Goldberg, Director, Center for Global Banking Studies, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

CONFERENCE ORGANISERS: Kate Phylaktis (Cass Business School), Livio Stracca (ECB), Joao Sousa (ECB).

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE: Chiara Banti (Essex Business School); Max Bruche (Cass Business School); Matthieu Bussiere (Banque de France); Giovanni Cespa (Cass Business School); Patrick McGuire (Bank of International Settlements); Ian Marsh (Cass Business School); Lukas Menkhoff (Leibniz Universitat Hannover); Richard Payne (Cass Business School); Kate Phylaktis (Cass Business School); Lucio Sarno (Cass Business School); Maik Schmeling (Cass Business School); Joao Sousa (ECB); Livio Stracca (ECB).

CONFERENCE THEME: On behalf of the Emerging Markets Group (EMG), Cass Business School, London and the European Central Bank (ECB) the scientific committee invites authors – whether from academia, public authorities (including central banks), special interest groups or the private sector – to submit original, theoretical and empirical papers on “Global Liquidity and its International Implications” and in particular on the following issues:
– The definition and measurement of global liquidity;
– Global liquidity and the impact on:
international capital flows;
on financial, real estate and FX markets;
on monetary and financial stability;
– The relationship between standard and non-standard monetary policy and global liquidity.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: The deadline: for paper submission is 11 January 2016. Papers should be submitted in PDF form to:

Authors of accepted papers for the workshop will be notified by the end of February 2016.

34th International Business Research Conference

4-5 April 2016, Imperial College London, UK

Deadlines: Submission: 29 February, 2016 and Registration: 21 March, 2016

Theme: Research for Change


Theoretical and empirical papers relating to all aspects of Finance such as , Capital Markets, Financial Institutions, Options and Futures, Stock Markets, Bond Markets, Merger and Acquisition, Money Market Dealings, Global and European Debt Crisis, Corporate Governance and Micro-finance, all areas of Banking such as, International Banking, Lending Decisions and Lending Policy, Banking Law, Net Banking, Banking Regulation, Bank Management, Asset and Liability Management, Islamic Banking and contemporary issues relating to finance and banking are invited for this international conference organized by World Business Institute and London Academic Research and Publications Ltd. Please visit above website to find details information about the field of research. All papers will be blind reviewed to ensure quality and timeliness of the research. There is publication opportunity without any submission fee.

SUBMISSION, REVIEW PROCESS AND PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES: Please send us either abstract or full papers by 29 February 2016 via our dedicated email address: Times taken to inform the review outcome is about 3 days for abstract and 7 days for full papers. Outstanding papers will be considered for publication (without any submission fee) in the Journal of Business and Policy Research, International Review of Business Papers, Global Economy and Finance Journal and World Journal of Management which are ranked by the Australian Business Deans Council (website and indexed by EBSCO, Ulrich, and by Cabell’s Directory ( under review) and Scopus (under process), In addition, abstract and/or full papers will be included in the conference proceedings with ISBN and will be published electronically via a dedicated website, namely, which contains thousands of papers from previous conferences . All proceedings will be linked to Google Scholar and London Academic Research and Publications Ltd. for wider readership.

AWARD, WRITTEN FEEDBACK, CONFERENCE FEEDINGS AND REGISTRATION FEES: Best paper award will be announced soon after the conference and these papers will be published in one of international peer reviewed journals. Unlike other conferences, we will provide written feedback on each paper presented. In addition, participation certificates, payment receipt, name badge, lunch card and program book will be provided .There are several options for conference registration fees and these fees include arrival, morning and afternoon break-foods and lunch for 2 days. Registration fee starts from US$450 and please see the registration fee schedule.

FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM AND REVIEW COMMITTEE AND FURTHER INFORMATION: Please click on links provided on the conference website for details information about international Science Committee. For further enquiries please contact Nuha Jahan via email:

Professor Dr. Robert Clift, World Business Institute, Australia
Professor Mohammad Hoque: London Academic Research and Publications, UK

Fifth Symposium on Emerging Financial Markets: China and Beyond

May 25 & 26, 2016, Shenzhen, China

School of Management and Economics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
Academy of Finance and Development, Peking University
Emerging Markets Institute, Cornell University
Bendheim Center for Finance, Princeton University
Guanghua School of Management, Peking University Review of Financial Studies

This symposium is intended to provide a platform for researchers to discuss fundamental research and policy issues related to emerging financial markets. Emerging economies, including China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa and others, have experienced rapid economic growth over the past several decades and they now constitute half of the world’s GDP. Capital markets in those countries have been developed more slowly and insufficiently to fund the expanding growth opportunities. Further, uneven quality domestic institutions impede external capital from satisfying that unmet demand for capital. With these challenges, there has been a growing research interest in using the unique institutional settings and rich data sources in emerging economies to study a range of fundamental questions in finance.

TOPICS: We welcome research in all aspects of emerging financial markets. Possible topics include (but are not restricted to):
– The unique roles of government and the legal system protecting investors in emerging economies offer new data on corporate governance, organizational form, political economy, and economic performance.
– Capital markets in emerging economies, dominated by individual investors and frequently affected by speculative episodes, offer unique opportunities to study speculative trading, asset price bubbles, and many other issues related to behavioral finance and investor protection.
– The rapid development of financial institutions in recent years provides opportunities to study financial development and its impact on the real economy.
– Housing booms and near collapses offer unparalleled opportunities to study how banks, government stimulus and other sociological factors such as rising inequality and lack of savings vehicles impact the real estate sectors and asset markets.
– The vibrant private equity industry provides a new ground for studying entrepreneurship and technology innovations in a transitional economy.

– Yu-Jane Liu: Guanghua School of Management, Peking University
– Wei Xiong: Princeton University & CUHK, Shenzhen
– Jianfeng Yu: University of Minnesota & CUHK, Shenzhen

SPONSORING RFS EDITOR OF THE SYMPOSIUM: Andrew Karolyi: Cornell University, and Executive Editor, Review of Financial Studies

– Franklin Allen, University of Pennsylvania
– Jennifer Carpenter, New York University
– Yongheng Deng, National University of Singapore
– Joseph Fan, Chinese University of Hong Kong
– Joseph Gyourko, University of Pennsylvania
– Bing Han, University of Toronto
– David Hirshleifer, University of California, Irvine
– Harrison Hong, Princeton University
– Kewei Hou, Ohio State University
– Tim Jenkinson, Oxford University
– Wei Jiang, Columbia University
– Li Jin, Peking University and Oxford University
– Luc Laeven, International Monetary Fund
– Kai Li, University of British Columbia
– Karl Lins, University of Utah
– Qiao Liu, Peking University
– Terrance Odean, University of California, Berkeley
– Lin Peng, City University of New York
– Jun Qian, Boston College
– Jay Ritter, University of Florida
– Sergio Schmukler, World Bank
– Michael Song, Chinese University of Hong Kong
– Frank Warnock, University of Virginia
– John Wei, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
– Daniel Wolfenzon, Columbia University
– Adrien Verdelhan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
– Bernard Yeung, National University of Singapore
– Jialin Yu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
– Xiaoyan Zhang, Purdue University
– Ning Zhu, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Submit an electronic version of the paper in PDF format no later than February 15, 2016 through the conference web page: (The submission window will be open after December 15, 2015.) Paper selection will be finalized by April 2016.

Review of Financial Studies Dual Submission Option: Submissions to the conference can also be submitted to the Review of Financial Studies under its dual review system, with the same submission deadline of February 15, 2016. Authors must indicate on the conference submission website whether they are interested to have their paper considered under this dual review option with the RFS that works as follows:
– There is no charge for submissions under this program.
– Dual submissions will be reviewed by the conference program committee and will be made available for consideration by the RFS.
– Papers submitted for dual consideration must not be under review at another journal or the RFS, including as a dual-submission at another journal, nor can they be considered for dual submission if previously rejected by the RFS.
– At the discretion of the symposium’s sponsoring editor of the RFS, dual submissions will be sent out for a formal referee report. If such a report is sought, then the paper’s author will receive a copy of the RFS reviewer’s report.
– Papers rejected at any stage of the dual review process are not considered to have been “rejected” at the RFS. This also applies to articles sent out for formal review. Thus authors are permitted to submit a future version of their paper (unchanged if they wish) to the RFS without prejudice.
– While under consideration by the conference and the RFS, a paper may not be submitted to another journal (or the RFS) until the author has been notified.

VENUE: School of Management and Economics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen

ABOUT CUHK: CUHK (Shenzhen) is a newly established campus of Chinese University of Hong Kong: (see for more information). Shenzhen is one of the four first-tier cities in China, together with Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. It was one of the first Special Economic Zones where Chinese economic reform started 35 years ago. Now known as China’s Silicon Valley, it is home to many of the most recognizable Chinese private, high-tech firms such as Tencent and Huawei, as well as Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Shenzhen is located just north of Hong Kong, only one hour away from Hong Kong airport by car. If you have not been to Shenzhen, it is an excellent window for a first-hand view of the vibrant private economy of China, and it promises to be a very different experience from visiting Beijing and Shanghai.