Professor of Finance, London Business School 
Deputy Dean (Degree Education), LBS
Director of Private Equity at LBS
Editor, Review of financial studies
Research Fellow, CEPR, ECGI


Francesca Cornelli is Professor of Finance at London Business School. She is also the Deputy Dean (Degree Education) and the Director of Private Equity at LBS. She previously held positions or taught at the Wharton School, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, The London School of Economics, the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and the New Economic School in Moscow.

Her interests include corporate governance, private equity, privatization, bankruptcy, IPOs and innovation policy. She has published several papers in the major finance and economics journals and she gives regular talks in major conferences and Universities. She is an editor of the Review of Financial Studies, a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), an ECGI (European Corporate Governance Institute) Research Member and a director of the Society of Financial Intermediation.

Francesca Cornelli was part of the panel, chaired by Paul Myners, which compiled the “Independent Review for the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills: IPOs and Bookbuilding in Future HM Government Primary Share Disposals” report, published December 14. The report revealed a list of topics and challenges regarding the IPO process, price discovery and bookbuilding.

Since January 2016 she helped create and became a board member of AFFECT, a committee of the American Finance Association, designed to promote the advancement of women academics in the field of finance.