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Amir Amel-Zadeh

Amir Amel-Zadeh

University Lecturer in Finance
Fellow, Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance (CERF)
Official Fellow of Clare Hall

Dipl. Kfm. (Business Administration) (University of Bayreuth), MPhil in Financial Research, PhD in Finance (University of Cambridge)

Research interests

Finance: Empirical corporate finance particularly mergers & acquisitions, stock market anomalies and investment management. Accounting: Capital markets based accounting research, international accounting particularly fair value accounting, valuation.

Subject group: Finance & Accounting

Professional experience

Amir previously worked for Lehman Brothers, London, in its Fixed Income Structured Solutions Group. He sits on the Board of Directors of the European Financial Management Association and is member of the supervisory board of New Medical Enzymes AG. Amir has been a visiting scholar at Columbia Business School, NYU Stern, and the University of Bologna. He is a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN).

Awards & honours

  • Abacus Best Manuscript Award, 2013
  • Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance (CERF) Fellow, 2014-2016
  • Cambridge Judge Business School Teaching Award, 2011
  • Recipient of the Salje Medal for excellence of PhD in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, 2010
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship, 2006-2008
  • Economic & Social Research Council Studentship, 2006-2008
  • Cambridge European Trust Award, 2005
  • NSCS Award at the University of California, Berkeley, 2004
  • Education Abroad Program Scholarship at UC Berkeley, 2003-2004

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Amir Amel-Zadeh's publications. Please see the "Selected publications" tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Amel-Zadeh, A. and Zhang, Y. (2015) "The economic consequences of financial restatements: evidence from the market for corporate control." The Accounting Review, 90(1): 1-29 (DOI: 10.2308/accr-50869)

Amel-Zadeh, A. and Meeks, G. (2013) "Bank failure, mark-to-market, and the financial crisis." Abacus, 49(3): 308-339 (DOI: 10.1111/abac.12011) (Winner of the Abacus Best Manuscript Award 2013)

Amel-Zadeh, A. and Schreiner, A. (2012) "Die Grössenanomalie am deutschen Aktienmarkt: Rückkehr einer profitablen Arbitragestrategie [in German]." In: Frick, R., Gantenbein, P. and Reichling, P. (eds.) Asset management. Bern: Haupt Verlag, pp.199-218

Amel-Zadeh, A. (2011) "The return of the size anomaly: evidence from the German stock market." European Financial Management Journal, 17(1): 145-182

Dissanaike, G. and Amel-Zadeh, A. (2007) "Venture capitalists, business angels, and performance of entrepreneurial IPOs in the UK and France: a discussion." Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 34(3/4): 529-540

Journal articles

Dissanaike, G. and Amel-Zadeh, A. (2007) "Venture capitalists, business angels, and performance of entrepreneurial IPOs in the UK and France: a discussion." Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 34(3/4): 529-540

Amel-Zadeh, A. (2011) "The return of the size anomaly: evidence from the German stock market." European Financial Management, 17(1): 145-182 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-036X.2010.00581.x)

Amel-Zadeh, A. and Meeks, G. (2013) "Bank failure, mark-to-market, and the financial crisis." Abacus, 49(3): 308-339 (DOI: 10.1111/abac.12011) (Winner of the Abacus Best Manuscript Award 2013)

Amel-Zadeh, A. and Zhang, Y. (2015) "The economic consequences of financial restatements: evidence from the market for corporate control." The Accounting Review, 90(1): 1-29 (DOI: 10.2308/accr-50869)

Book chapters

Amel-Zadeh, A. and Schreiner, A. (2012) "Die Grössenanomalie am deutschen Aktienmarkt: Rückkehr einer profitablen Arbitragestrategie [in German]." In: Frick, R., Gantenbein, P. and Reichling, P. (eds.) Asset management. Bern: Haupt Verlag, pp.199-218

Amel-Zadeh, A. and Meeks, G. (2015) "Fair value and the global financial crisis: traditional theories challenged." In: Jones, S. (ed.) Routledge companion to accounting theory. London: Routledge, pp.197-216

Working papers

For Dr Amel-Zadeh's working papers, please visit the Social Science Research Network

Details of the Cambridge Judge Business School Research Paper series, including PDFs of recent papers, can be found in the research section of this website.

It pays to be optimistic

‘Significantly positively biased’ earnings forecasts reduce bid premiums and boost chance of quick merger completion, finds study co-authored at Cambridge Judge Business …

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Cambridge Judge academics scoop best paper award

Two academics from Cambridge Judge Business School have won an award for their co-authored paper. An article about the recent financial crisis …

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Restating firms less likely to receive takeover bids

‘Higher information risk’ scares off would-be acquirers of restating companies, says paper co-authored at Cambridge Judge Business School. Companies that restate financial …

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Dr Amir Amel-Zadeh, Cambridge Judge Business School: The need for a standardised disclosure process

The Cadbury Archive at Cambridge Judge Business School has been completed with the addition of copies of all the speeches on corporate …

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It’s not fair!

America’s regulators now rely on ‘fair value’ with additional historical cost to be disclosed for financial assets. Europe’s regulators view measurement at …

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Cambridge Business magazine: Optimism pays for stock-based acquisitions

‘Significantly positively biased’ earnings forecasts reduce bid premiums and boost chance of quick merger completion, finds study co-authored at Cambridge Judge. “We …

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The Conversation: How merger optimism feeds investors a comforting tale of bumper earnings

It pays to be optimistic if you’re a company swallowing up another firm in a stock-based acquisition, according to a study co-authored …

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Cambridge Network: Cambridge Judge academics scoop best paper award

An article about the recent financial crisis co-authored by Geoff Meeks, Professor of Financial Accounting, and Amir Amel-Zadeh, University Lecturer in Finance …

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Cambridge News: Seven-year study reveals those less likely to be taken over

Research co-authored by Dr Amir Amel-Zadeh, University Lecturer in Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School, says that firms which restate financial results …

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The Independent: Government can benefit from business’s expertise – but clear focus is required

I saw some research this week carried out jointly by the Cambridge Judge Business School over a seven-year period which turns on …

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IFA Magazine: Firms that restate results may look vulnerable but are far less likely to become takeover targets

A paper co-authored by Dr Amir Amel-Zadeh, University Lecturer in Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School, says ‘higher information risk’ scares off …

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Harvard Law School Forum: Does fair value accounting contribute to procyclical leverage?

Dr Amir Amel-Zadeh, University Lecturer in Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School, together with co-authors Mary Barth, Professor of Accounting at Stanford …

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Contact details

Amir Amel-Zadeh
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Tel: +44 (0)1223 766639
Fax: +44 (0)1223 332333

a.amelzadeh@jbs.cam.ac.uk