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Prof Maria Carapeto


Maria is the Dean and Professor at The London Institute of Banking & Finance. She started her career as a corporate banker and embraced academia shortly after. A highly experienced lecturer with a 32-year career in Portugal and the UK, Maria has taught 60 different modules in ten higher education institutions.

Her teaching has ranged from finance, economics, statistics and econometrics, to research methods and work-based learning – at undergraduate, MSc, MBA, and PhD levels. She's also an accomplished researcher in insolvency, mergers and acquisitions, banking, corporate finance and governance, and quantitative methods.


Corporate finance, corporate bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, banking, corporate governance


Cass Business School, City University of London, various roles including Senior Teaching Fellow, Senior Lecturer, Lecturer, Director/Admissions Tutor, BSc Banking and International Finance, Co-Director, BSc Finance, Director, Exemptions for Finance and Business Degrees for the UG Programme, Year Tutor: 2000–16
Mergers & Acquisitions Research Centre (MARC), Cass Business School, City University of London, Deputy Director: 2008–12
Portuguese Catholic University (Lisbon), Invited Lecturer: 2001–09
The American International University in London, External Examiner: 2003–06
The American International University in London, Chief External Examiner: 2007–08
CLT Conferences, Invited Lecturer: 2005–07
Lancaster University Management School, Invited Lecturer: 2006
London Business School, University of London, various positions including Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Tutor, Marker: 1995–00
Lisbon Naval College, Lecturer: 1992–95
Portuguese Catholic University, Leiria, Lecturer: 1993–94
Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon, Teaching Fellow: 1989–94
Centre for Applied Studies, Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon, Consultant for Lisbon Stock Exchange, Portuguese Association of Ceramics: 1989–94
Maria Ulrich Higher Institute of Education, Lisbon, Lecturer: 1991–92
Higher Technical Institute (Lisbon), Tutor, 1989
Instituto Superior de Ciencias do Trabalho e da Empresa (ISCTE), Lisbon, Teaching Fellow, 1988–89
Banco de Fomento e Exterior, Lisbon, Special Credit Operations Department, Credit Evaluation Technician: 1988


PhD, Finance, London Business School, University of London: 1995–2000
MBA, International Management, Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon: 1992–94
Postgraduate Diploma, Applied Mathematics in Economics and Management – Econometrics and Statistics, Higher Institute of Economics of the Technical University of Lisbon: 1989–90
‘Licenciatura’ – equivalent to MSc – in Economics, Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon, completed one year early: 1984–1988

Professional qualifications

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA): 2019
Level 5 Award in Management Coaching and Mentoring – Coaching Practice and Theory, Chartered Management Institute: 2018–19


Lisbon Stock Exchange
Portuguese Association of Ceramics
Ernst & Young
Bureau van Dijk


Portuguese (fluent), English (fluent), French (intermediate), Spanish (basic), Italian (basic), Dutch (basic)


'Why protect financial markets?' with M Acosta, Risk governance and control: financial markets and institutions: 2012
'Acquiring distressed and bankrupt concerns' with S Moeller, The handbook of mergers and acquisitions, edited by D Faulkner, S Teerikangas and R Joseph: 2012
‘Distress classification measures in the banking sector’, with S Moeller, A Faelten, V Vitkova and L Bortolotto, Risk Governance and Control: Financial Markets and Institutions: 2011 
‘Sell-side analyst bias when investment banks have privileged access to the board’, with M Gietzmann, in Financial Management: 2011
'Distress resolution strategies in the banking sector: implications for global financial crises', with S Moeller, A Faelten, V Vitkova and L Bortolotto, in International Finance Review 11 International Banking in the New Era: Post-Crisis Challenges and Opportunities 11, edited by SJ Kim and MD Mckenzie: 2010 ‘The determinants of gender pay gap in Portuguese private firms’ with C Duarte, J Esperança, D Curto and M Santos, Gender in Management: An International Journal: 2010
‘The fable paradigm of the gender pay gap: evidence from Portuguese private firms’, with D Duarte and I Pereira, Chinese Business Review: 2010
'A perspectiva do género nas políticas de remuneração como requisito de governo justo das sociedades', with C Duarte and MC Santos, Revista Portuguesa e Brasileira de Gestão: 2009
‘An examination of multiple plans in Chapter 11 reorganizations’, Journal of Financial Stability: 2007
‘Explaining deviations from absolute priority rules’. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies: 2006
‘Emerging patterns in deviations from absolute priority rules in bankruptcy’, Journal of Restructuring Finance: 2005
‘Bankruptcy bargaining with outside options and strategic delay’. Journal of Corporate Finance: 2005
‘Optimal capital structure in the telecoms industry: myth or reality?’ with A Shah, in Journal of Restructuring Finance: 2005
‘On model complexity and selection’, with W Holt and APN Refenes in Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation: 2003
‘Testing for heteroscedasticity in regression models’ with W Holt in Journal of Applied Statistics: 2003

Maria has also contributed chapters to two books on International Banking and Mergers & Acquisitions, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Maria’s work has been internationally recognised, with several citations in top journals, namely:

  • The Journal of Finance
  • Journal of Financial Economics
  • Review of Financial Studies
  • Journal of Banking and Finance
  • Journal of Financial Services Research
  • Journal of Financial Stability
  • Financial Management
  • Journal of Corporate Finance, and
  • Corporate Governance: An International Review.


Financial Management Association
Financial Management Association (European), Scientific Committee: 2011–18


City, University of London nominations for a Student Voice Award: 2009, 2011 and 2012
Cass Business School, City University of London, Teaching and Learning Prize for outstanding contribution as a Course Director: 2009 and 2010
Foundation for Science and Technology, Ministry for Science, Technology, and Higher Education (Government), Portugal, Grant of €163.033 for the project: Corporate Governance in Medium Income Countries: The Case of Portugal
Cass Business School, City University of London, Teaching and Learning Prize for excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching: 2005
Cass Business School, City University of London, Teaching Excellence Commendation: 2003
Foundation for Science and Technology, Ministry for Science, Technology, and Higher Education (Government), Portugal, PhD scholarship: 1995–99
London Business School, University of London, PhD scholarship: 1995–96
Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon, MBA scholarship: 1992–94

External recognition

European High Yield Association (EHYA) – invited to discuss EHYA's proposal for a restructuring procedure in the UK: Is now the time for the UK to adopt a formal proceeding for restructuring distressed companies?

Conference presentations

Short-listed for best conference paper, Financial Management Association Europe (FMA): 2011
Financial Management Association International (FMA): 2011
European Financial Management Association (EFMA): 2010
Academy of International Business (AIB): 2010
European Academy of Management (EURAM): 2010
Financial Management Association International (FMA): 2009
Financial Management Association International (FMA): 2008
Portuguese Finance Network (PFN): 2008
European Financial Management Association (EFMA): 2007
European Accounting Association (EAA): 2007
Financial Management Association Europe (FMA): 2007
Financial Management Association International (FMA): 2007
Portuguese Finance Network (PFN): 2006
Portuguese Finance Network (PFN): 2004
Financial Management Association International (FMA): 2003
Financial Management Association International (FMA): 2002
Western Finance Association (WFA): 2001
European Financial Management Association (EFMA): 2001
European Finance Association (EFA): 2000
Financial Management Association Europe (FMA): 2000
Financial Management Association International (FMA): 2000
European Financial Management Association (EFMA): 2000
Financial Management Association Europe (FMA): 1999
European Financial Management Association (EFMA): 1999
Financial Management Association International (FMA): 1999

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