The conference brings together leading academics and members of the investment banking industry to focus on new issues in global capital markets. The following, not all-inclusive, areas are considered:


• Impact of globalization on contagion, risk, and asset allocation
• Integrated global risk management and sectoral allocation
• Ascendance of emerging markets and cross-border capital flows
• Financial crisis and the role of liquidity in global asset valuation
• Links between capital structure and firm returns around the world
• Effects of corporate governance on international investments
• International mutual fund and hedge fund performance evaluation
• Investor behavior and global asset pricing


Note that papers that are not international in their nature but address novel theoretical, methodological, or empirical issues in asset management are also considered.


A blind copy of each submitted paper is reviewed and ranked independently by two program committee members. About ten papers receiving the highest marks are accepted for presentation.


The conference is biennial, and, since its inception in 2003, it takes place at McGill's Faculty of Management on the first Thursday and Friday of June. At that time of the year Montreal is full of various activities, often including the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix.


The local conference organizers are Vihang Errunza and Sergei Sarkissian.