Faculty & Research -A look back at the 38th International Conference of the French Finance Association (AFFI)

A look back at the 38th International Conference of the French Finance Association (AFFI)

Rennes School of Business organised the 38th International French Finance Association (AFFI) conference in Saint Malo from the 23-25 May 2022. This international event is one of the largest finance conferences in Europe, which attracts scholars and practitioners from different corners of the world.

The 38th edition of the International Conference of the French Finance Association (AFFI) was jointly organised by Rennes School of Business and the Université Rennes 1 (CREM & IGR – IAE Rennes). The event took place on-site at Le Palais du Grand Large in Saint Malo, Brittany, from 23-25 May 2022.

One of the largest European conferences in Finance, this annual event provides an occasion for scholars and practitioners from around the world to present academic papers on finance themes and attend or participate in discussions on the latest theoretical and empirical research in their fields of interest.

Keynote speakers, Professor Réné M. Stulz from the Fischer College of Business at Ohio State University and Professor Audra Boone from Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University delivered their talks on intriguing topics such as the “future of public firms” and “myths of the sales process in corporate takeovers.”

AZIZ ESCDr Saqib Aziz, Associate Professor of Finance and Accounting at Rennes School of Business, co-chaired the 38th AFFI conference.

« It was, indeed, an honour for me to co-chair the 38th International AFFI conference on behalf of Rennes School of Business. It was an exciting opportunity for Rennes School of Business to co-host this international research event that is organized every year under the umbrella of the International French Finance Association (AFFI). The 38th AFFI conference was special primarily in two ways. First, it was the first fully on-site AFFI after the Covid-19 pandemic. Second, the AFFI event came back to Rennes after almost a decade. Therefore, it was greatly exciting and yet a big challenge for us to make the event very special for the participants. And I am very glad that we were able to meet up to the expectations of the conference participants in this regard. I am profoundly grateful to the Dean and Director General of the School, Professor Thomas Froehlicher, for his personal interest and unconditional support of the event. I am also thankful to Professor Céline Azemar, Academic Dean, Professor Raouf Boucekkine, Associate Dean of Research, and my colleagues from the finance and accounting department for their valuable contribution to making the event a great success.»

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Key figures:

  • 200+ scholars and PhD students participated
  • 250+ papers were submitted by scholars from 19 different countries
  • 112 papers were accepted for conference events
  • 37 sessions were organised to present these papers during the conference
  • 2 roundtables were organised on topics relating to “Fintech, Digital Finance and other innovations” and “Agricultural Finance: Challenges and Research Opportunities”


Participation in such events is coherent with Rennes School of Business’ focus on producing high-quality, high-impact research that positively affects its research environment.

The importance of undertaking and disseminating research is central to the mission and vision of Rennes School of Business. Research is seen to develop faculty skills, and specific knowledge that impacts businesses and students, and contributes to developing and enriching educational programmes for both students and executives. Research is also an essential vector for building partnerships, managing, and communicating the image and skills of Rennes School of Business.

Raouf Boucekkine, Associate Dean for Research at Rennes School of Business.

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