“Vlerick has the advantage of networks, interaction and a strong connection with industry”

Faculty files: Issam Hallak - Associate Professor of Finance

Issam Hallak has over 12 years’ experience researching and teaching in the rapidly changing world of finance. “Banking regulations change so quickly that, as a banker or financier, it can be hard to understand what your next step should be. As soon as a new regulation comes into effect, you see loopholes. It may even create incentives for banks to add risk and so it needs changing again. When it comes to producing empirical research in the field, you need to allow time for effects to emerge. Then you can make a definitive statement about the regulation’s impact. It certainly makes for a dynamic research and working environment.”

Issam’s research interests lie in banking and lending, covering both sovereign and corporate debt markets. “Basically everything in banking is interrelated, whether it concerns managing the bank, setting up a loan contract, or financing corporations and states. As a consequence, my fields of research continue to develop and I’m currently setting up a number of new projects.”

Here at the School, Issam aims to contribute to the research in banking. “Vlerick has the advantage of networks, interaction and a strong connection with industry, be it the contact with professional students or the partnerships with companies. And there’s an emphasis on entrepreneurship and initiative, so you can play a pro-active role as a member of the Vlerick team. It’s good to be in a place where you can have input, a positive impact, and I’m confident this is the place.”

  • Education PhD in Economics, European University Institute, Florence; Masters in Finance, University Paris Dauphine; BA in Applied Mathematics and Social Sciences, University Paris Dauphine
  • Fields of expertise banking & financial intermediation, corporate finance, international finance
  • Career so far Assistant Professor of Finance, Bocconi University (2004-2012); Post-Doctoral Researcher, CSEF, Salerno University (2004); Visiting Doctoral Researcher, CFS, Frankfurt University (2001-2003); Visiting Doctoral Researcher, Department of Economics, Oxford University (2000-2001)

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