Australasian Finance & Banking Conference

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The 29th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, organised by the Institute of Global Finance and the School of Banking & Finance, UNSW Business School, Australia, will be held on 14–16 December 2016 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney.

The AFBC is the most significant and prestigious finance conference in the Asia-Pacific region. It brings together the world's foremost leaders of thought from the financial community, providing international academics and industry professionals with the opportunity to meet and share their research and interest in finance-related fields. The Conference Committee would like to invite all academics and practitioners to participate.

A range of prizes are available for papers that are selected for presentation at the conference.

Conference papers submitted for the CFA Institute Research Awards are uploaded to the Asia-Pacific Research Exchange.

International Business Forum

A major International Business Forum will be held as part of the 29th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference. The Forum will include the launch of the World Bank report Doing Business 2017.

Doing Business project is a tool that decision-makers can use to reduce regulation, enhance competitiveness and increase global interdependence. It provides context for analysing the current global financial and economic issues facing nations.

Doing Business delivers quantified, comparable measures of business opportunities, forces of interdependence, and social, financial and economic factors that influence business internationally. Published annually since 2002, it measures the efficiency and strength of laws, business opportunities, regulations and institutions relevant to companies throughout their life cycles.

Dr. Augusto López-Claros, Director of the World Bank Global Indicators Group, will launch the report. He will discuss the report’s findings, which span 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level. He will also discuss global interdependent forces that are influencing the direction of the international economy in the post global financial crisis era.

Keynote speakers

The Keynote speakers of the Conference include:

  • Tarun Chordia, Emory University
  • Alexander Ljungqvist, New York University
  • Augusto Lopez-Claros, World Bank
  • Avanidhar Subrahmanyam, UCLA

Journal of Financial Markets Dual Consideration

Authors will have the option of submitting their paper for dual consideration of the Journal of Financial Markets.

When and Where

  • Wednesday 14 December to Friday 16 December 2016.
  • Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia. This is conveniently located in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District.
  • The PhD Forum will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel on Tuesday 13 December 2016.

PhD Forum

As part of the annual Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, UNSW will host a forum for advanced Finance Doctoral Students who are currently working on their dissertation.


Please note: presenting authors must register by Friday 21 October 2016 to facilitate scheduling. Registration includes attendance at the official conference dinner. Additional guest ticket to the conference dinner are AU$140 each.

Fees and Accommodation

Conference registration is currently open to audience members. The registration deadline for presenting authors has passed.

Registration Fees

Early Bird

Payment received prior to Monday 3 October 2016

Standard registration: AUD$750 (incl. GST/VAT)
PhD students: AUD$600 (incl. GST/VAT)

Full Fee

Payment received after Monday 3 October 2016

Standard registration: AUD$800 (incl. GST/VAT)
PhD students: AUD$650 (incl. GST/VAT)


Registration does not include accommodation. However, it does make you eligible for a discounted group rate at the Shangri-La Hotel as part of the conference.

Deluxe Darling Harbour AU$285 room only incl. GST/VAT per room per night
Deluxe Opera House AU$300 room only incl. GST/VAT per room per night
Deluxe Grand Harbour AU$315 room only incl. GST/VAT per room per night

Submit a Paper

Submission deadline: Friday 19 August 2016

Prior to submitting your paper, ensure that you read the Submission Terms and Conditions (PDF).

Note that there is a limit of one paper presentation per author at the conference.

All papers are subject to a blind referee process to judge their suitability for inclusion in the conference program.