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Sixth Annual Conference
6th Annual Conference of the
Multinational Finance Society
July 7 - 10, 1999, Toronto, Canada 


Conference Objective

The purpose of the Multinational Finance Society is to disseminate and to promote financial knowledge, philosophies, techniques, and research findings pertaining to industrialized and developing countries among members of the international academic and business communities. The sponsoring institution is the School of Business-Camden, Rutgers University.

The objective of the conference is to bring together academics and practitioners from all over the world to focus on timely financial issues. Papers in all areas of finance dealing with developed as well as developing countries are welcome. An effort will be made to provide a balanced coverage of all countries. Specific topics include but are not limited to:

International Financial Markets 
Liberalization and Efficiency 
Risk Management in Multinational Corporations 
International Portfolio Management and Pricing Models 
International Capital Structure Issues for Firms 
Microstructure of European and Emerging Markets 
The Role of Accounting Information in Financial Decisions 
Liberalization of Financial Markets in Eastern Europe 
Cost of Bankruptcy and Financial Distress 
International Real Estate Markets and Finance 
Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring 
Linkages Between Stock and Foreign Exchange Markets 
Initial Public Offerings and Equity Restructuring 
Foreign Exchange Markets Arbitrage 
Hedging and Pricing 
Ownership Structure and the Performance of the Firm 
International Banking Regulation and Financial Performance 
Corporate Control 
Agency Cost and Takeover Resistance 
Discount Rate, Inflation, Interest Rates and Monetary Policy Investment Banking and Issuing of Corporate Securities 

Please submit by December 15, 1998 three copies of a completed or nearly completed paper to Professor George Athanassakos, c/o Multinational Finance Society, School of Business-Camden, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ 08102, U.S.A., (609) 225-6594 or 225-6219 (Office), 225-6632 (Fax), e-mail: The title page should include the affiliation, address, phone and e-mail of each author. All participants agree to serve as a discussant of a paper of his/her own area of interest, if needed. Upon request by the authors, papers presented at the conference will be considered for a distinguished paper award of US-$500.

To participate in the conference, please mail the participation form to Multinational Finance Society, School of Business, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ 08102, USA; Tel: (609) 225-6594, Fax: 225-6632, e-mail:

Organized by

School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada.


Toronto is a modern, vigorous city with about 3,000,000 inhabitants in its greater area. It is Canada's largest and most influential city, the center of Canada's financial and economic life, with the second largest live theater center in North America, also known to be one of the safest and cleanest cities to visit. Toronto has much to offer in performing arts, diverse cultures, world class restaurants and exotic night life. It is within an hour from Niagara falls, one of the world's seven wonders. The city is easily accessible, 90 minutes flight to 60% of US population. Finally, it is the home of Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Argonauts and the World Series winning Blue Jays.

Conference Hotel

The meetings will take place at Toronto's Marriott Hotel, Eaton Center. The Marriott is ideally located in the heart of downtown Toronto, minutes away from the theater and financial districts and connected to the spectacular Eaton Center shopping complex. The prices for single rooms excluding taxes are about US-$110 for single and double bed rooms. More detailed information about the room reservations will be provided to the registered participants. Conference registration is US-$200, paid by the due date.

Program Committee

George Athanassakos, Chair - Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Chris Adcock - University of Bath, UK
Giorgio Bertinetti - University of Venice, Italy
Ekkehart Boehmer - Humboldt University, Germany
G. Geoffrey Booth - Michigan State University
Glenn W. Boyle - University of Otago, New Zealand
David Bradfield - University of Cape Town, South Africa
Menachem Brenner - New York University
Richard Briston - University of Hull, UK
Peter Carayannopoulos - Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Trevor Chamberlain - McMaster University, Canada
Ian Cooper - London Business School, UK
Jean-Claude Cosset - Laval University, Canada
Gikas Hardouvelis - National Bank of Greece, Greece
Lawrence Kryzanowski - Concordia University, Canada
Cheng-few Lee - Rutgers University
Eva Liljeblom - Swedish School of Economics, Finland
Otto Loistl - University of Wien, Austria
Teppo Martikainen - University of Vaasa, Finland
Ike Mathur - Southern Illinois University of Carbondale
Yair Orgler - Tel Aviv University, Israel
Edgar Ortiz - Univ. Nacional Autonomica de Mexico, Mexico
Eliezer Prisman - York University, Canada
Marie Racine - Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Muhammad Rashid - University of New Brunswick, Canada
Cornelius Schilbred - Norwegian School of Management, Norway
Raymond So - Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Jaap Spronk - Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Panayiotis Theodossiou - Rutgers University
Nickolaos Travlos - University of Piraeus, Greece
Angelos Tsaklanganos - University of Thessaloniki, Greece
George Tsetsekos - Drexel University
Jorge Urrutia - Loyola University of Chicago
Uzi Yaari - Rutgers University
William T. Ziemba - University of British Columbia, Canada

Plenary Lecture

The academic plenary lecture of the conference will be given by Professor Alan White (co-developer of the Hull-White interest rate model) from the University of Toronto. The lecture will focus on Recent Developments on Derivative Securities.

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