Chair of Mergers and Acquistions
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management


  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Working capital management
  • Empirical corporate finance

Nihat Aktas is Full Professor of the Chair of Mergers and Acquisitions at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management since September 2013. The Chair’s research and teaching is in the broad area of finance with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate valuation, and cash management. He previously worked at Skema Business School (France), EMLYON Business School (France), and Louvain School of Management (Université catholique de Louvain).

Being interested in empirical corporate finance in general, Professor Aktas is the coauthor of several research articles published in peer-reviewed international journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Economic Journal, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Banking & Finance.

His research has been featured on the programs of various international conferences, such as the American Finance Association and European Finance Association, and quoted in widely read international media, such as the Financial Times and The New York Times. He was a visiting researcher at the Anderson School of Management (UCLA, Los Angeles) in 2001–2002.

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