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Geoff Meeks

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Emeritus Professor of Financial Accounting
Honorary Senior Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Finance (CCFin)
Honorary Senior Research Associate, Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance (CERF)

BA (University of Cambridge), PhD (University of Edinburgh)

Research interests

Misinformation in financial markets; corporate restructuring by merger and by bankruptcy.

Subject group: Finance

Professional experience

Geoff Meeks joined Cambridge Judge Business School in 2003, having previously been employed by Price Waterhouse, the University of Edinburgh and the Faculty of Economics at Cambridge. He has held visiting positions at Harvard Business School, INSEAD and London School of Economics. At CJBS he has served as Director of Teaching, Head of the Finance & Accounting Group, and Acting Director (2010-2011). He is a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN).

Selected publications

Meeks, G. and Meeks, J.G. (2022) The merger mystery: why spend so much on mergers when so many fail? Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers (DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0309) (available online for free from Open Books Publishers)

Meeks, G. and Whittington, G. (2022) “Death on the stock exchange: the fate of the 1948 population of large UK quoted companies, 1948–2018.” Business History (DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2021.1893696) (published online Jun 2021)

Amel-Zadeh, A. and Meeks, G. (eds.) (2020) Accounting for M&A: uses and abuses of accounting in monitoring and promoting merger. Abingdon: Routledge.

Amel-Zadeh, A. and Meeks, G. (2019) “Bidder earnings forecasts in mergers and acquisitions.” Journal of Corporate Finance, 58(C): 373-392 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2019.06.002)

Botsari, A. and Meeks, G. (2018) “Acquirers’ earnings management ahead of stock-for-stock bids in ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ markets.” Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, 37: 355-375 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jaccpubpol.2018.09.007)

Meeks, G. (1977) Disappointing marriage: a study of the gains from merger. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

For Professor Meeks’ most recent research, please visit the Social Science Research Network.

GE’s grip on airlines

The breakup of General Electric shines a spotlight on GE's once-dominant role in the airline industry through aircraft leasing, engines and financing,…

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Corporate Darwinism

Only 19 of 1,513 UK companies survived 70 years after mandatory consolidated accounts in 1948, says natural selection-inspired study at Cambridge Judge…

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Mergers in ‘hot’ markets

Earnings management ahead of merger bids is more pronounced in 'hot' markets and can lead to significant changes in share prices that…

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Teaching prizes

Seven members of the Cambridge Judge Business School faculty receive Teaching Prizes from Dean Christoph Loch for teaching excellence in a variety…

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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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Bank taxes

Despite rising global profitability, there has been a "dramatic" fall in UK corporation tax paid by British banks, says 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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Financial Times: Adaptable managers help companies pull trough

A study on UK companies’ survival rate co-authored by Geoff Meeks and Geoffrey Whittington featured in the Financial Times. The study, inspired…

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LSE blog: Ten years from the crash: Time to row back on financial regulation and compliance?

Geoff Meeks, Emeritus Professor of Financial Accounting at Cambridge Judge Business School, co-authored a blog about financial regulation to coincide with the…

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LSE: Engineering financial distress: Transplanting banking techniques to the NHS?

Financial distress of NHS hospitals has a parallel in much-criticised banking practices that “artificially distress an otherwise viable business,” writes Geoff Meeks,…

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The Independent: Banks may complain but they have it pretty good

The banks have been banging on about the inequities of the banking levy ever since George Osborne quite reasonably decided they ought…

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The Daily Telegraph: Banks’ profits recover but they are paying less in corporation tax

Corporation tax receipts from banks in the UK are lower than before the financial crisis, says research co-authored by Geoff Meeks, Professor…

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The New York Times: UK corporation tax take from banks slumps despite profit rebound – study

Despite rising global profitability, there has been a "dramatic" fall in UK corporation tax paid by British banks, says Cambridge Judge Business…

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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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Contact details

Geoff Meeks
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG

Tel: +44 (0)1223 768489

[email protected]


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