New key-note speaker at the conference in Rome

Benjamin E. Hermalin (Thomas & Alison Schneider Distinguished Professor of Finance and Professor of Economics, Department of Economics University of California-Berkeley, USA) agreed to be a key-note speaker at the International Conference "Financial Distress: Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting Issues ", Rome (Italy) October 17-18, 2013.

Benjamin E. Hermalin served as the Economics Department Chair at the University of California-Berkley from 2005 - 2008. He holds professorships in both the Economics Department and in Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he is the Thomas & Alison Schneider Distinguished Professor of Finance. He is a co-editor of the RAND Journal of Economics and also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Literature. Professor Hermalin received his PhD from MIT in 1988, the same year he joined UC Berkeley as assistant professor in the Department of Economics and the School of Business. He became a full professor in 1998. He received the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award in 1991. His current research interests belong to the sphere of the economics of organization; corporate governance; two-sided markets; issues in bilateral trade.