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Financial Contracting: Theory and Evidence

University of Mannheim, 20-21 April 2007

A conference organized by the University of Mannheim, the Journal of Financial Intermediation, the European Corporate Governance Institute, the German National Science Foundation, and the Center for Financial Studies

University of Mannheim Journal of Financial Intermediation The European Corporate Governance Institute Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 504 Center for Financial Studies
The conference aims at bringing together researchers from theory and empirics in the area of applied contract theory in finance. Topics for the conference include but are not limited to:
incentive theory in finance
applications of incomplete contracts
closely held and family firms
entrepreneurial finance
venture capital contracting
executive compensation
corporate control
bankruptcy
loan contracting
capital structure
the economics of contract law
Ideally, the conference will provide a forum to tie together financial contract theory and empirical work in applied finance, by probing theory with data and using theory to understand data.

The field of applied contract theory is of great interest to the Journal of Financial Intermediation, and the journal will devote a special issue to the conference, subject to its usual strict refereeing standards. Per Strömberg and Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden will be the editors of the special issue.

Registration
Those wishing to attend this conference should email smuench1@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Programme Committee
Patrick Bolton (Columbia University, ECGI, and JFI)
Mike Burkart (Stockholm School of Economics)
Jan-Pieter Krahnen (Center for Financial Studies and Universität Frankfurt)
Christian Laux (Center for Financial Studies and Universität Frankfurt)
Ernst Maug (Universität Mannheim)
Manju Puri (Duke University and JFI)
Per Strömberg (Stockholm School of Economics and JFI)
Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden (Universität Mannheim, ECGI, and JFI)
Paolo Volpin (London Business School)
Submissions to the Journal of Financial Intermediation
A special issue of the Journal of Financial Intermediation will be devoted to the conference. Papers can be submitted to the conference without being considered for the JFI. Along with your submission, please indicate whether you would like the paper to be considered for publication in the JFI. If you choose to submit to the JFI, please use the journal’s electronic submission website for further details.

A paper's acceptance to the conference does not imply publication in the JFI. All papers published in the journal must pass the journal's regular refereeing process.

Funding
Full funding for paper presenters and discussants will be provided by the European Corporate Governance Training Network, through the European Corporate Governance Institute, and by the German National Science Foundation, through the Special Research Unit 504 at Mannheim University.