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François Degeorge
SFI Managing Director and Senior Chair
Professor of Finance
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François Degeorge is Professor of Finance at the Università della Svizzera italiana. He joined SFI in 2006, has held an SFI Senior Chair since 2010, and became SFI’s Managing Director in November 2016. Prof. Degeorge obtained his PhD from Harvard University and is a former Fulbright scholar. He teaches executive education courses in corporate finance for wealth managers on a regular basis. He has received numerous teaching and research awards.

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Research Interests:
His research tackles several topics in corporate finance. Most recently he has investigated the influence of analysts on corporate policies, the growing phenomenon of secondary buyouts, and the stock market impact of news dissemination by firms.
Recent Research:
One of Prof. Degeorge’s most recent coauthored projects looks at how investor attention changes when firms adopt modern news dissemination technologies. To shed light on this topic, the researchers focus on the consequences of the adoption of an English-language electronic wire service by European firms to disseminate news on stock market behavior. Quantitative results suggest that firms that start disseminating news through English-language wire services experience smaller price stock drifts and larger abnormal trading volumes following earnings announcements. Overall, findings highlight the importance of the format of company news when seeking to capture investor attention.