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Gennaro  Bernile

Gennaro Bernile

Associate Professor, Finance


Prof. Bernile obtained a PhD in Finance from the University of Rochester in the Summer of 2006. Prior to re-joining University of Miami in January 2017, he worked at Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University since 2013. Prior to that, Professor Bernile served on the faculty of the University of Miami and worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a Visiting Scholar between 2008 and 2010, where he was engaged both in rule-making and enforcement activities. Aside for this period, he has worked on ad hoc consulting assignments for Forensic Economics Inc. since 2005.

Professor Bernile's teaching interests span all areas of Corporate Finance, Governance, and Control. His research interests include Corporate Valuation, Venture Capital, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities Regulation and Corporate Fraud, Portfolio Choice and Institutional Investment, Capital Markets Segmentation, Behavioral Finance, and Network Economics. His research has been published in top tier Finance and Accounting journals, and received various awards.

Research Interests

Theoretical and empirical corporate finance; corporate governance and control; mergers and acquisitions; venture capital and private equity; corporate disclosure and securities regulation; behavioral biases and asset pricing; institutional investment; network economics; applied game theory; and industrial organization

Featured Publications

  • “Board Diversity, Firm Risk, and Corporate Policies” (with Vineet Bhagwat and Scott Yonker), Journal of Financial Economics, 2018, Forthcoming

    “What doesn’t kill you will only make you more risk-loving: Early-life disasters and CEO behavior” (with Vineet Bhagwat and Raghavendra Rau), Journal of Finance, 2017, Volume 72, Pages 167-206

    “Can information be locked up? Privately informed trading ahead of macro-news announcements” (with Jianfeng Hu and Yuehua Tang), Journal of Financial Economics, 2016, Volume 121, Pages 496-520

    “Institutional Trading during a Wave of Corporate Scandals: “Perfect Payday”?” (with Johan Sulaeman and Qin Wang), Journal of Corporate Finance, 2015, Volume 34, Pages 191-209

    “Local Business Cycles and Local Liquidity” (with George Korniotis, Alok Kumar, and Qin Wang), Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 2015, Volume 50, Issue 5, Pages 987-1010

    “Home Away From Home: Geography of Information and Local Investors” (with Alok Kumar and Johan Sulaeman), Review of Financial Studies, 2015, Volume 28, Pages 2009-2049

    “SOX, Corporate Transparency, and the Cost of Debt” (with Sandro Andrade and Fred Hood), Journal of Banking and Finance, 2014, Volume 38, Pages 145–165

    “The Economic Effects of SOX Section 404: A Corporate Insider Perspective” (with Scott Bauguess, Jennifer Marietta Westberg, Alex Lee), Journal of Accounting and Economics, 2013, Volume 56, Pages 267–290

    “A theory of strategic mergers” (with Evgeny Lyandres and Alexei Zhdanov), Review of Finance, 2012, Volume 16, pages 517-575

    “Understanding investor sentiment: the case of publicly traded soccer clubs” (with Evgeny Lyandres), Financial Management, 2011, Volume 40, Issue 2, pages 357–380

    “The impact of the options backdating scandal on shareholders” (with Gregg Jarrell), Journal of Accounting and Economics, 2009, Volume 47, pages 2-26

    “The size of venture capitalists’ portfolios: theory and evidence” (with Evgeny Lyandres and Douglas Cumming), Journal of Corporate Finance, 2007, Volume 13, Pages 564-590

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Finance, Miami Herbert Business School, 2017 - Present
  • Associate Professor, Finance, Singapore Management University, 2016
  • Assistant Professor, Finance, Singapore Management University, 2013 - 2016
  • Assistant Professor, Finance, University of Miami School of Business Administration, 2010 - 2013
  • Assistant Professor, Finance, University of Miami School of Business Administration, 2006 - 2008
  • Visiting Lecturer, Finance, University of Miami School of Business Administration, 2005 - 2006
  • Lecturer, Finance, University of Rochester William E. Simon School of Business, 2004 - 2005
  • Lab Instructor, Economics, University of Rochester William E. Simon School of Business, 1999 - 2004
  • Visiting Financial Economist, Securities & Exchange Commission, 2008 - 2010
  • Ad-hoc Consulting Assignments, Forensic Economics, Inc., 2003 - 2008
  • Financial Analyst Internship, Forensic Economics, Inc., 1999


  • Corporate objectives
  • Capital budgeting
  • Corporate and equity valuation
  • Corporate finance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Entrepreneurship and venture capital
  • Cases in finance
  • Price theory
  • Managerial economics
  • Game theory
  • Industrial organization


  • Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Rochester William E. Simon Graduate School of Business, 2006
  • M.S., Applied Economics, University of Rochester William E. Simon Graduate School of Business, 2002
  • B.A., International Economics, University of Naples, 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Ig Nobel Prize Winner in Management, 2015
  • Best Paper Award, Paul Woolley Centre for the Study of Capital Market Dysfunctionality Conference, 2015
  • 1st Place CQA Hong Kong Conference, 2014
  • Best Paper Award, International Finance and Banking Society, 2015
  • Singapore Ministry of Education Tier 1 Research Grant, 2013 - 2014
  • 1st Place Outstanding Research Award, Eastern Finance Association Meetings, 2013
  • 1st Place Pearson Best Paper published in Financial Management, 2010 - 2012
  • University of Miami Summer Research Grant, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006
  • McLamore Research Award, University of Miami, 2009
  • Postgraduate Programme Development Award, Runner-up, Singapore Management University, 2015
  • Honorable Mention (Top 10 selection), ISB-Ivey Global Case Study Competition, 2015
  • MBA Teaching Honor List, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, 2014 - 2015
  • Undergraduate Teaching Honor List, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, 2014 - 2015
  • Superior Teaching Award, University of Rochester, 2004
  • John M. Olin Fellowship, 2001-2002
  • University of Rochester Graduate Fellowship, 2000-2004
  • University of Salerno – Economics Department Fellowship for Doctoral Studies, 2001-2002
  • University of Naples, “Federico II”, Special Mention for Academic Career, 1998
  • University of Naples, “Federico II”, Merit Fellowship, 1993-1998
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