WFA-CFAR Conference

17th Annual Conference on Corporate Finance


October 30-31, 2020

Following the successes of the previous fourteen corporate finance conferences, Olin Business School at Washington University and its Wells Fargo Advisors Center for Finance and Accounting Research (WFA-CFAR) will be co-hosting the 17th annual conference on Corporate Finance and Financial Intermediation, October 30th – 31st, at the Washington University in St. Louis campus.

The topics of interest for the conference are broad, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate control and organization, international issues in corporate finance, capital structure, payout decisions, corporate investment decisions, corporate governance, financial intermediation, and banking.  This is not an exhaustive list, and empirical and theoretical papers on these, as well as related topics, are most welcome.

This year’s conference will feature one session that will be joint with the Review of Corporate Finance Studies (RCFS) on the topic of “financing innovations”.

Details of Joint Session

For this joint session, we invite submission of papers on the broad topic of “financing innovations.” Specific topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Financing medical innovation to bridge the “R&D funding gap”, i.e. the gap between the funding needed for early stage medical research and the availability of funds. This should include the design of innovative financial contracts.
  • Innovative financial responses to the COVID-19 virus crisis.
  • Effects of regulations on financing innovative projects, including R&D.
  • The effect of organization design and firm boundaries on R&D investments.
  • Innovations in financial securities and their effects on institutions, markets, and systemic risk.
  • Financial innovation and financial crises.

Dual submission option: In the submission, authors submitting to the joint session will have the option to indicate if they wish their paper to be considered (at no extra fee) for publication by RCFS under the Dual Submission Program. This is a “no fault” submission option: if the RCFS reviews the paper and rejects it, the authors may submit it to any SFS journal at a later date as if it was never submitted. See for details. Decisions about inclusion on the conference program will be made independently from editorial decisions by the RCFS.

We look forward to an exciting conference.

***Please note that the paper submission deadline has been extended until July 1, 2020***