New Scholarships announced for 2014-15

The ICMA Centre is pleased to announce six new additional scholarships for a total of £30,000  for outstanding students applying for a postgraduate masters. The new scholarships are available for 2014 entry at the ICMA Centre.

Award details: 
The International scholarships will provide £5,000 off the cost of the tuition fees for each recipient.

Eligibility: Please check the following link for more information about eligibility.

Be an ambassador for ICMA Centre: 
A scholarship winner will be required to act as an ambassador for the ICMA Centre and Henley Business School. This may include being asked to support events and to share experiences with prospective students. As well as a financial reward, this role and the award itself are excellent additions to your CV.

Closing date:  The first round for consideration is 14th April 2014.

For more information please email or visit this page.

Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance Summer Program Scholarship

Do you want an opportunity to visit and study in China for two weeks this Summer?

We are very pleased to announce that Tsinghua University, PBCSF have awarded the ICMA Centre 3 scholarships for students to join their Summer Programme from June 30 to July 11, 2014 in Beijing.  The Scholarship covers the full programme fee, room and board (on campus), courses, materials, events and related domestic transportation. Recipients will have to cover airfare and other expenses.

The scholarship is a fantastic opportunity, open to all current ICMA Centre students or students studying at the ICMA Centre as part of their degree programme. For more information please visit the Tsinghua University PBC School of Finance Summer Program website.

In order to be considered for this scholarship please send a video titled ‘Why me?’, of no more than 5 minutes in length, detailing why you should be chosen for this opportunity, by 9am Friday 28th March. Three winners will be chosen by academic staff from those submitted.

The video can be in all files and formats. Videos must be submitted by either emailing a Dropbox link to or by bringing a USB stick to the ICMA Centre Front office. Please title the subject of the email “Tsinghua University Summer Program”, and include your name, student number and course in the email.

If you have any questions please email

Good luck!

Dr. Andreas Hoepner speaks at WWF Conference at Bloomberg, Zurich

Dr. Andreas Hoepner, Associate Professor of Finance at the ICMA Centre, was invited to speak at Bloomberg in Zurich during a conference hosted by WWF. An expert on climate finance, Dr Hoepner discussed his research on the reliability of corporate carbon reporting and the investment opportunities arising from accurate assessments of carbon reporting.

Dr Hoepner stated “In the run up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, expected to take place in December 2015 in Paris – probably the most important climate change conference since Copenhagen – identifying and communicating such opportunities appears to be essential.”

Dr Hoepner’s research is co-authored with Andrea Liesen of Umea School of Business and Economics, Den Patten of Illinois State University and Frank Figge of Euromed Marseille

A Guide to Best Practice in the European Repo Market

The ICMA have just published  a guide to best practice in the European Repo Market. This important document was written by Richard Comotto, Senior Visiting Fellow at the ICMA Centre for the ICMA’s European Repo Council. It represents the most comprehensive set of recommendations for trading and settlement, and codification of market conventions, in any repo market and is likely to provide a model to other markets. It will also be an essential aide to researchers, commentators and policy-makers.

The Guide is now live on the ICMA website at this link.

Richard is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the ICMA Centre, and delivers the MSc module on short-term financial markets (FX, money markets and securities financing). You can read his full profile at this link.

ICMA Centre Academic joins Principles for Responsible Investment delegation in Japan

In the wake of the recent launch of the Japanese stewardship code, Dr Andreas Hoepner is joining the delegation of the United Nations supported Principles for Responsible Investment on their tour to Japan this week in his role as Senior Academic Fellow. The delegation is expected to meet with representatives of the Japanese government, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, large pension funds and trade unions. Before leaving for Japan Sunday morning, Andreas said that he is very excited about the Japanese progress in establishing the notion of Stewardship in financial markets.

Before joining the ICMA Centre, Dr. Andreas G. F. Hoepner worked as a Lecturer in Banking and Finance at the University of St Andrews (since February 2009) and as Deputy Director of the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance at the University of St. Andrews (since November 2011). His research has won several awards including a 2012 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceeding, a 2010 PRI Academic Research Award, and 2011 and 2012 PRI/FIR Research Grant Awards.

Andreas full CV can be seen at this link.

Dr. Ogonna Nneji featured in credit magazine

A lecturer in finance at the ICMA Centre, Dr. Ogonna Nneji, recently featured in Creditflux, a leading industry credit magazine with around 10,000 readers in the credit markets. His short article was co-authored with Dr. Davide Avino, a research fellow at the Financial Mathematics and Computation Cluster (FMC2), University College Dublin Smurfit Business School and previous ICMA Centre PhD student. Their article titled “Finding inefficiencies in iTraxx” provides evidence that the credit default swaps market in Europe is inefficient and could be exploited by credit investors.

Ogonna is a Lecturer in Finance at the ICMA Centre. He holds a BSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Finance and investment from the University of Exeter. In 2012, he completed a PhD in Finance from the ICMA Centre. His primary research interests include applied financial econometrics, asset bubbles and real estate finance/economics. You can find out more about his research here.

You can access the article here:

Private Clients

We are delighted to present Wilson Cotton

Thursday 6th March

ICMA Centre Room 150


Wilson has many years experience in working with private clients in the City.
Wilson is currently a partner and director at Smith and Williamson, one of the top ten largest firms of accountants in the UK, with an investment management arm with over £14.5 billion of assets under management. He specialises in advising private clients on trusts and estates, as well as acting as an executor and trustee on a wide variety of private a corporate trusts. He is a founding member of STEP, the leading international professional body for trust practitioners and estate administrators, and is a former President of TACT, the Association of Corporate Trustees. Wilson is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and has acted as an expert witness in court and the House of Lords.
He will be speaking about the more practical issues of dealing with private clients. Given much of academic finance focuses on theoretical and technical concerns it should fill in some gaps for anyone interested in working with private clients in the City and anywhere else. The areas Wilson talk will touch upon include:
  • Trusts
  •  Non-Doms
  • The difference between common and civil law jurisdictions
  •  Tax
  • Dealing with blackswans
a. Divorce
b. Death
c. Living in other countries
  • Balancing competing interests of family members
He will also be happy to field any questions you may have about the more personal aspects of working with private clients, as well as their thoughts on large financial institutions and acting in director level positions.

Financial Industry – Market & Critical Success Factors

We are delighted to present Christoph Dreher

Thursday 27th February

ICMA Centre Room 150


As a CSSP managing partner, Christoph Dreher specialises in the analysis of sustainable and responsible investments and corresponding investment products. He is particularly interested in the areas of risk management and risk control as well as in individual product design.

He was able to acquire his experience in the area of sustainable investment products within the framework of diverse applied research projects as well as from his engagement in the fund management as well as fund controlling. Among other things, Mr Dreher was recently responsible for the conception and implementation of risk controlling and the respective governance of the first Liechtenstein microfinance investment fund.

Mr Dreher has a master’s degree (Master of Science, MSc) in Banking & Financial Management. He holds a lectureship at the University of Liechtenstein on the subject of “Portfolio Management & Financial Analysis”.

Henley Challenge 2014

The Henley Challenge is an annual competition open to all students across Henley Business School, who are studying in the UK, which encourages the use of knowledge, skill and creativity. The challenge for students this year was to choose a business area studied at Henley to focus on and present to an audience of peers and academics their answer to the question:

‘Honest profit’…
Corporate daydream or imperative?

The five finalists, were chosen by a panel of staff and academic judges, and gave a 10 minute presentation last night.

Amongst this years’ finalists, were ICMA Centre student Huaxin Shen, BSc Finance & Investment Banking, & Junda Zeng, MSc Real Estate Finance, who delivered a very interesting presentation that explored the costs of maintaining an ethical supply chain.

The winner was Abhishek Mandal, Full-time MBA, who received the most votes from the audience at the event and the prize is £1,250 to share between him and his chosen charity (£250 for the winner/s, £1,000 for the charity/ies.).

Congratulations to all teams for their effort and to the winner of this year’s competition!

A video of the full event will be available soon.

Responsible Investment and Hedge Funds

We are delighted to present Pierre Lenders

Thursday 20th February 

ICMA Centre Room 150


Pierre recently co-founded Prius, a quantitative advisory service to responsible investors, out of three strong beliefs:

  • Investing responsibly is not just a moral obligation, it has also become an economical necessity;
  • A correct assessment of the global macro background is often a hidden key success factor in manager selection;
  • Technology and big data can help, now that transparency of investment processes is a given.


Until 2012, Pierre was CEO and Co-CIO of HDF Finance, a Paris based alternative asset manager later transitioned and merged into Rothschild & Cie Gestion. Throughout his tenure, HDF became a signatory to the UNPRI. From 2008 to 2010, he had been in charge of market risks before becoming portfolio manager and then Co-CIO at La Fayette IM in London. Pierre previously headed up hedge fund selection, incubation and seeding at Oddo in Paris.

From 1999 to 2005, Pierre was CEO of Murex North America, a software company offering trading and risk management solutions to top investment banks, asset managers and asset owners. From 1986 to 1998, he held various management and trading positions within J.P. Morgan’s capital markets division.

He ran European fixed income trading from London after introducing bond stripping in France in 1991. He integrated the senior proprietary macro trading team after his nomination as Managing Director in 1994, was in charge of Asset and Liability Management and of the trading floors of Madrid then Paris, and also led a Paris Club securitization transaction in 1998.