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Professor George Alexandridis

Professor of Corporate Finance

Head of Henley Business School's Pre-Experience Postgraduate Programmes
Programme Director, MSc International Shipping and Finance

George Alexandridis


  • Mergers and Acquisitions, 
  • Corporate Finance, 
  • Shipping Finance and Investment


ICMA Centre, Whiteknights Campus

George is a Professor of Corporate Finance at the ICMA Centre. He is also the Head of Pre-Experience Postgraduate Programmes at Henley Business School leading the portfolio of Finance, Management, Real Estate, Accounting and Information Management Masters programmes. George is also the founder and Programme Director of the MSc International Shipping and Finance while he has previously served as Postgraduate Programme Area Director at the ICMA Centre. His broad area of expertise is in Corporate Finance, including Mergers and Acquisitions, and he also specialises in the area of Shipping Finance and Investment.

Prior to joining the Centre in 2009 he was a Lecturer and deputy Director of MSc in Finance Programmes at Durham Business School. George has established collaborations with Universities abroad and relationships with a number of organisations in the wider finance and maritime transport and commodity sectors. George also acts as an independent investment advisor while he has appeared as a commentator on financial and political issues on national television and in the press including BBC World, BBC News, Bloomberg, The Daily Telegraph, LeMonde and The Times. He is an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). He holds a BSc in Business Finance and Economics and an MA in Economics and Finance from University of East Anglia and an MSc in International Money, Finance and Investment and a PhD in Finance from Durham University.

George’s research focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions (M&As), CEO turnover and shipping finance and has been published extensively in leading international journals including the Journal of Corporate Finance, Financial Management and Transportation Research. His research is also frequently presented in major finance and transportation conferences around the globe and has won a number of international awards. George acts as a referee for academic journals including Corporate Finance, Financial Management, Journal of Banking and Finance, the European Journal of Finance and Transportation Research and also serves as a member of several conference Programme Committees.

George’s teaching is on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and international maritime trade at post-graduate level while he also develops and delivers executive courses for corporate clients. As part of his roles as module convenor and Programme Area Director he introduced a number of education and career development innovations aiming at enhancing the practical approach of the programmes and the students’ career prospects.

Reference: Alexandridis, G. , Antypas, N. , Gulnur, A. and Visvikis, I. (2020) Corporate financial leverage and M&As choices: evidence from the shipping industry. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 133. 101828. ISSN 1366-5545 doi:

Fintech and Digital Transformation in Financial Services

This module is available as an elective to MSc Finance students as part of a 1-month study-abroad trip during the summer at ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College...

Module code: ICM313

International Maritime Trade

This module is the building block of the programme's maritime component in Term 1. The focus is on the global patterns in international trade, the characteristics of the main commodities...

Module code: ICM, ICM126

Corporate Finance and Investment Banking

The main aim of the course is to provide a rigorous grounding of the theory and practice of corporate finance and more specifically the long-term financial management decisions of the...

Module code: ICM311

Past Events

21st October 2019 Royal Olympic Hotel 28-34, Athanasiou Diakou Str, Athens, 11743, Greece
22nd October 2019 The Met Hotel, Thessaloniki

International Association of Maritime Economists Conference

25th June 2019 Athens

Financial Management European Conference

12th June 2019 Glasgow
28th March 2019 Electra Palace Hotel, Athens
10th November 2018 Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai

Education Exhibitions

11th November 2017 Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens

EFMA conference

28th June 2017 Athens
2nd March 2017 Divani Caravel Hotel Vas. Alexandrou 2, Athens, Athens 161 21, Greece

Consolidation in the shipping industry: The way forward?

2nd February 2017 London, Clarksons Headquarters

Does Firing a CEO Pay Off?, With J.Doukas and C.Mavis

Financial Management European Conference, Glasgow, 2019 | Best paper award

Corporate Financial Leverage and M&As Choices: An Empirical Analysis of the Shipping Industry, with A.Gulnur, N.Antypas and I.Visvikis

International Association of Maritime Economists Conference, Athens, 2019

Investment Efficiency in the Transportation Industry, with E.Fung and I.Visvikis

International Association of Maritime Economists Conference, Athens, 2019

The Impact of Credit Rating Distance on Mergers and Acquisitions. With Z. Huang and I.Oikonomou

World Finance and Banking Conference ,Taiwan, 2018 | Best paper award

Price Discovery between Commodity and Shipping Markets: A Dynamic Multi-Factor Model Approach. with J.Angelopoulos, S.Sahoo and I.Visvikis

International Association of Maritime Economists Conference, Kenya, 2018 | Best paper award

Financial Hedging and Corporate Investment: Evidence from Mergers and Acquisitions, with Y.Zeng and Z. Chen.

European Financial Management, Greece, 2017

Financial Management, US, 2017

Financial Management, Asia, 2017, Best Paper Award Finalist

American Accounting Association, US, 2017 | Presented

Economic Information Transmission and Liquidity between Shipping Derivatives Markets: New Evidence from Freight Derivatives

International Association of Maritime Economists Conference, Germany, 2017

Financial Engineering and Banking Society Annual Conference, Greece, 2016

The Impact of Corporate Cultural Diversity on Mergers and Acquisitions, with Z. Huang, I. Oikonomou and A. Hoepner

European Financial Management, Switzerland, 2016

Financial Management, US, 2016

Behavioural Finance Working Group, Queen Mary University, UK, 2016

International Finance and Banking Society, Spain, 2016

Does CEO Turnover Improve Investment Performance, with J. Doukas and C. Mavis

Southern Finance Association, US, 2014

Financial Management, US, 2014

European Financial Management, UK, 2013

Target Size, Acquisition Premiums and Shareholder Gains, with Fuller, K., Terhaar, L., and Travlos, N.

Financial Management Association Asian Conference, 2012

European Financial Management Association, 2011

Southwestern Finance Association, US, 2011

Gains from M&As Around the World: New Evidence, with Travlos, N., and Petmezas, D

Midwest Finance Association Conference, US, 2010

Southern Finance Association Conference, US, 2009

Southwestern Finance Association, US, 2009, Best Paper Award

European Finance Association Conference, 2008

European Financial Management Association Conference, 2008