José Miguel Gaspar
Professor, Finance Department
Associate Dean for Research

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Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
General Information Research Areas Publications Teaching Other Activities
Ph.D. Finance, INSEAD (2004)
M. Sc. Management, Nova School of Business and Economics, Portugal (1998)
M.B.A. Nova School of Business and Economics, Portugal (1996)
B.Sc. w/Honors (Licenciatura) Economics, Nova School of Business and Economics (1995)

José Miguel Gaspar is an active researcher in the field of empirical corporate finance. He teaches Corporate Financial Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Private Equity in several masters and graduate programs. He has been nominated one of the “Top Ten Professors” in the ESSEC Foundation 2015 Teaching awards. His research interests focus on the link between ownership structures, incentives, and firm performance. His work has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Review of Finance, and the Journal of Business. His paper on Secondary Buyouts has received the 2015 Syntec Conseil en Management award for Best Academic Paper in the Finance/Strategy category. José Miguel has also received research grants from institutions such as Inquire Europe and Europlace. José-Miguel holds a Ph.D in Finance from INSEAD. 

Personal Website

Research Areas
Empirical Corporate Finance. Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Performance, Governance.

Teaching at ESSEC

M.Sc. level: Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Financial Management, Advanced Private Equity (2007-12), Financial Theory (2004-07), Finance Refresher (2004-08)

Ph.D. level: Empirical Corporate Finance, Foundations of Corporate Finance (2006, 2008)

Executive level   Modules on Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Financial Policy
Awards and Distinctions

Syntec Conseil en Management 2015 award for Best Academic Paper in the Finance/Strategy category (for “Fund managers under pressure”)

“Top Ten Professor”, ESSEC Foundation teaching awards 2015

Scientific Activities
Conference Presentations

Conference Organisation

2010: 2nd ESSEC Private Equity Conference (70 submissions, 13 papers)
2008: 1st ESSEC Private Equity Conference (36 submissions, 9 papers)

Conferences  and Seminars

2014: MFA Meetings, University of Mannheim.
2013: NBER Entrepreneurship Meetings*, LBS Coller Institute Symposium*
2012: Universitá Bocconi, Cass Business School, University of Porto, Nova School of Business and Economics, Université Paris-Dauphine
2011: Boston College (brown bag), Toulouse Business School Corporate Governance Workshop, Tilburg University, Rotterdam University, ESMT Berlin
2010: ESSEC-HEC-INSEAD-PSE Workshop, University of Alberta2009: Stockholm School of Economics, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Louvain-Leuven Finance Workshop*, EIF 7th Forum
2008: EFA Athens, Luso-Brasilian Finance Meetings, University of Toulouse*
2007: University of Mannheim, HEC Paris, Paris-Dauphine University
2005: AFA Philadelphia*, EFA Moscow*
2004: FMA New Orleans*, EFA Maastricht*, CEMAF/ISCTE
2003: HEC-Montréal, ESSEC, Portuguese Association of Research in Economics
2002: INSEAD, Saïd Business School
* Paper accepted, presentation by co-author.


2014: Paris Hedge Fund Conference, Darden & Judge EIR Conference, EFA meetings
2013: EFA meetings
2012: 4th Annual Hedge Fund Conference
2010: HEC Hedge Fund Conference, Luso-Brasilian Finance Meetings
2009: Paris-Dauphine Corp. Finance Workshop, Paris Corp. Finance Conference
2008: EFA Athens, Luso-Brasilian Finance Meetings
2007: Paris-Dauphine Corp. Finance Workshop


Jounal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Review of Corporate Finance Studies, EFA meetings

Affiliations and Academic Responsibilities

Guest Lecturer, Ph.D programme, University of Mannheim (2006, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015)
Visiting Research Scholar, Boston College (Aug. 2010-March 2011)
ESSEC Private Equity Chair (Jan. 2007-Dec. 2010)
ESSEC Finance Department Co-Chair (Sep. 2004-July 2010)

Research Grants

Inquire Europe (2005), Europlace Institute of Finance (2008)
Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia Fellowship, 1999-2002 

Ph.D. Jury Committees

2015: Pedro Pires, Nova School of Business and Economics
2013: Jieying Hong, Toulouse School of Economics
2005: Elisabete Vieira, ISCTE Business School, Lisbon


External Expert Reviewer for A3ES (Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education)

Professional Experience
Teaching Assistant, 1995-1998, Economics department, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Lectured undergraduate courses on Corporate Finance, Bank Management and Financial Accounting.
Consulting analyst on project valuation and investment analysis, 1996-1998, for projects involving Universidade Nova and private corporations. Clients included the major credit card issuer and the incumbent energy (oil and gas) holding company in Portugal.
Analyst / writer, 1994-1995, on a student-owned company producing research on demand for private and public institutions and corporations.
Useful Links
Private Equity Chair
Personal Links
Personal Website

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