Franck Bancel is Professor of Finance at ESCP Europe. He holds a PhD from the University of Grenoble II and a post-doctoral degree (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) from the University of Paris IX Dauphine. Professor Bancel has published several books ("La gouvernance des entreprises", "Fusions-acquisitions", etc.) and articles in academic journals such as Financial Management, European Financial Management or Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. Using survey techniques, he has published several articles with Professor Mittoo comparing European and US corporate financial practices and measuring distances between theories and practices. Franck Bancel has managed the ESCP Europe Specialized Master in Finance in Paris. He was Associate Dean for research from 2002 to 2006 and Director of the ESCP Europe Ph.D. programme on the Paris Campus from 2003 to 2006.Since October 2011, he is the director of the Labex Réfi (a research center dedicated to financial regulation issues). Professor Bancel has a working experience in investment banking and has been involved in several M&A deals.