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Chair of

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pape, Chair Owner of the Finance chair, Berlin campus, ESCP EuropeCorporate financial decisions comprise the decision on how to invest the cash of the firm as well as the decision on how to raise financial funds from investors. These decisions are complex because financial markets are imperfect, and asymmetric information causes conflicts of interest between investors and the firm. Furthermore, investors as well as managers do not always behave rationally.

The research at the Chair of Finance focuses on developing a better understanding of how corporate financial decisions are made. Our teaching provides our students with the essential understanding of financial theory and how financial models can be applied in practice. In research as well as in teaching the Chair aims at combining theory with practical orientation.

- Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pape

The team

Our team from left to right: Christian Daumoser, Maximilian Speidel, Patrick Bürgin, Sabine Scholz, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pape

We offer the following courses:

Bachelor in
Management (BSc)

  • Financial Management
  • Bachelor Thesis
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Master in

  • Corporate Finance
  • Firm Valuation
  • Master Thesis
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MBA in
International Management

  • Financial Strategy
  • Master Thesis
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Executive MBA

  • Corporate Finance
  • International Finance
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  • Research programmes in economics and management
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Research approach

"Finance matters" relates to the relevance of financing decisions for the value of a firm. The company’s economic success, measured by the firm value, is not only driven by the firm’s business operations, but can also be increased by financial decisions. Motivated by the fact that corporate financial decisions affect the firm value, the Chair of Finance examines several qualitative and quantitative research questions at the intersection of corporate finance and related business fields such as entrepreneurship and strategy.

Driven by empirical dedication, the Chair’s current research takes on the challenges of national and international capital markets and focusses on value-based management and financial strategy, financial decisions in early stage venture capital investments, equity valuation in financial technology transactions, and the impact of mergers and acquisitions on the value of the firm.

Research topics

Value-based management and financial strategy

This research area aims at developing operating and financial strategies to increase the firm value. To this end, the value of the company and its business units has to be determined and the performance of the strategies has to be measured. Moreover, we use new institutional economic theory to show how financial strategies can increase the firm value.

Early-stage equity financing

The Chair’s early-stage equity financing research interest focusses on identifying the investors’ (business angels and venture capitalists) involvement in entrepreneurial financial decisions within the post-investment stage of equity investments. We aim at exploring the value added of investors as well as the collaboration between entrepreneurs and investors concerning financial decision-making after the initial investment.

Equity valuation for FinTechs

This research area puts a special focus on financial services industry which is disrupted by innovative financial technology start-ups. The number of deals in the FinTech industry has constantly risen, yet there still is a high uncertainty on how to correctly determine the value of a FinTech company due to inadequate traditional valuation approaches. This research project determines the crucial financial and non-financial factors for the valuation of financial technology companies.

Value creation through M&A

Companies face stronger competitive pressure due to an increasing need for internationalization and digitalization. In response to that pressure most companies seek new paths to growth by acquiring promising innovative firms and therefore relying on inorganic growth. While most M&A transactions create value for the target company’s shareholders, many deals fail to deploy value for the acquiring firm. This research area aims at identifying determinants of successful M&A transactions of listed companies.

Focus on:
Last Publications

Journal Articles

Basse Mama, Houdou/ Mueller, Stefan/ Pape, Ulrich: What's in the news? The abiguity of information content of index reconstitutions in Germany. In: Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 2017, in press.

Book Chapters

Pape, Ulrich: Wertorientierte Unternehmensführung. In: Petersen, Karl/ Zwirner (Hrsg.): Handbuch Unternehmensbewertung. Anlässe, Methoden, Branchen, Rechnungslegung, Rechtsprechung, 2. Auflage, Bundesanzeiger Verlag, Köln 2017, S. 861-876.

Working Papers

Pape, Ulrich/ Reich, Katharina/ Seehausen, Sven: Pecking-Order-Theorie und Kapitalstrukturpolitik börsennotierter Familienunternehmen, ESCP Europe Working Paper Nr. 62, Oktober 2014.


Blum, Maximilian: Der Planungs- und Entscheidungsprozess der wertorientierten Steuerung aus verhaltenswissenschaftlicher Sicht. Verlag Dr. Kovac, Hamburg, 2017 (zugleich Dissertation, ESCP Europe Wirtschaftshochschule Berlin, 2017).

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Team and contact

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pape, Chairholder: chair of Finance, and Academic Dean Master in Management Berlin  Berlin Campus, ESCP Europe

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pape

Academic Director, Master in Management (MIM), ESCP Europe Berlin
Sabine Scholz, Assistant, Chair of Finance, Berlin Campus, ESCP Europe

Sabine Scholz

>Patrick Bürgin, M.Sc., Research Assistant, Chair of Finacne, Berlin Campus, ESCP Europe

Patrick Bürgin, M.Sc.

Research assistant / PhD student
Christian Daumoser, M.Sc.,Research Assistant, Chair of Finance  Berlin Campus, ESCP Europe

Christian Daumoser, M.Sc.

Research assistant / PhD student
Maximilian Speidel, M.Sc., Research Assistant, Chair of Finance, Berlin Campus, ESCP Europe

Maximilian Speidel, M.Sc.

Research assistant / PhD student
Thomas Ulmer, M.Sc.,Research Assistant, Chair of Finance  Berlin Campus, ESCP Europe

Thomas Ulmer, M.Sc.

Research assistant / PhD student