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Christopher Kobrak is a professor of finance at the ESCP Europe, Paris campus. Beginning in January 2013, he will also teach financial and business history at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. An International Fellow at the Centre for Corporate Reputation, Oxford University, he serves on the editorial boards of several business history journals.
He holds the following degrees: BA in philosophy from Rutgers University, an MBA in finance and accounting and PhD in business history, both from Columbia University, and the French Habilitation in Management from the University of Toulouse.
A CPA and former business practitioner, his publications include History and Financial Crisis: Lessons from the 20th Century (ed. with Mira Wilkins), Banking on Global Markets: Deutsche Bank and the United States, 1870 to the Present and European Business, Dictatorship and Political Risk, 1920-1945 (edited with Per Hansen), as well as journal articles on a wide range of business and financial topics.
Professor Kobrak’s research is largely in financial history. Building on his previous work on the cross-border development of banking, Professor Kobrak is preparing papers on the history of transnational banking and banking regulation, including the interface between formal controls and reputation.
He is preparing a large work on the history of financial regulation with special emphasis on inter-cultural influences and cross-border controls. He is working on a comparative history of Canadian and American financial systems, and their relationship to Europe, with Joe Martin, Rotman School of Management.