Dr Saqib AZIZ

Associate Professor

Department : Finance and Accounting

Nationalities :

Teaching

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Risk Management
  • International Trade & Finance
  • Advance Portfolio Management

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Finance, University of Rennes 1, France, 2016
    (Qualified by CNU, Ministry of Higher Education and Research France)
  • Master SKEMA Business School Lille, Lille, 2008
  • Master University of Lille 2, Lille, 2008
  • M.B.A. NUST Business School, Pakistan, 2002

 

Work Experience

Academic

  • Associate Professor, Finance and Accounting Academic area, Rennes School of Business (September 2020 – Present)
  • Director of DBA Programmes, Rennes School of Business (2019 – Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Finance and Accounting Academic area, Rennes School of Business (2016 – August 2020)
  • Senior Lecturer, Finance and Accounting Academic area, Rennes School of Business (2014 – 2016)
  • Adjunct Faculty, SKEMA Business School Lille (2013 – 2012)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Lille 2 (2010 – 2012)
  • Adjunct Faculty, IESEG School of Management (2009 – 2013)

Non-Academic

  • Financial Analyst, ZONG – China Mobile (2005 – 2006)
  • Credit & International Trade Officer, Bank Alfalah Ltd (2004 – 2005)

Research interests

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Banking Stability
  • Culture
  • Sustainable Finance

Research Awards & Honors

  • Prix Recherche IGR-IAE Fondation, Université de Rennes 1 on a paper published in Finance (2018)

Service

Services to the Institution

  • Co-Chair 38th International AFFI Conference, May 2022, Saint-Malo, France
  • Co-Chair 1st IBFRC Conference, October 2018, Agadir, Morocco

Services to profession

  • Member editorial board, Journal of Financial Management & Economics (2018)
  • Referee services for Banker, Markets, & Investors (BMI); Business & Economic Review (2018)
  • Dublin City University: Programme Reviewer Bachelor of Business Studies
  • Global Association for Risk Professionals (GARP): Subject Matter Expert on Panel of Experts over Machine Learning Topics in Finance
  • Referee Services: JIFMIM, EFM, Applied Economics, FRL, RIBAF, JBEF, AIB

Technology-Related Training

  • Training Session for Bloomberg, ESC Rennes, Rennes, France (2015)

Professional Development Research-Related Conference/Seminar

  • Theory of Corporate Finance by Prof. Armin Schwienbacher (University Lille Nord de France), Lille, France (2011)
  • CEMS PhD course on Empirical Corporate Finance by Prof. Jay Ritter, University of Florida, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (2010)
  • Topics in Corporate Finance, Université Paris-Dauphine, Paris, France (2010)

Intellectual contributions

Refereed Articles

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

  • Jalan, A., Matkovskyy, R., Aziz, S. (2021) The Bitcoin options market: A first look at pricing and risk. Applied Economics, Volume 53, Issue 17, pp. 2026-2041
  • Z. Umar, S. Aziz and D. Tawil (2021) The impact of COVID-19 induced panicon the return and volatility of precious metals.Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance. Volume 31, September 2021, 100525
  • Aziz, Saqib , Michael Dowling, Helmi Hammami, and Anke Piepenbrink (2021) Machine learning in finance: A topic modeling approach. European Financial Management, https://doi.org/10.1111/eufm.12326
  • Saqib Aziz, Dawood Ashraf, Rwan El-Khatib (2021) Societal trust and Sukuk activity. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Volume 74, sept 2021, 101384
  • Saqib Aziz, Mahabubur Rahman, Dildar Hussain, Duc K. Nguyen (2021) Does corporate environmentalism affect corporate insolvency risk? The role of market power and competitive intensity. Ecological Economics, Volume 189, 107182
  • Aziz, S., Jalan, A., Matkovskyy, R. and Bouraoui, T. (2021) Does Shariah compliance affect investor behaviour in the COVID-19 times: Evidence from herding in the global energy market. Applied Economics https://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2021.1999384
  • Faheem Aslam, Khurrum S. Mughal, Saqib Aziz, Muhammad Farooq Ahmad & Dhoha Trabelsi (2021) COVID-19 pandemic and the dependence structure of global stock markets, Applied Economics, DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2021.1983148
  • Ahmad, MF., Aziz, S., & Dowling, M. (2020). Does target country cultural orientation influence M&A? British Journal of Management (ABS rank 4), Forthcoming.
  • Jalan, A., Matkovskyy, R., & Aziz, S. (2020). The Bitcoin options market: A first look at pricing and risk. Applied Economics (CNRS Rank 2), Forthcoming.
  • Aslam, F., Mohmand, Y.T., Aziz, S., & Ouenniche, J., (2020). A complex networks based analysis of jump risk in equity returns: An evidence using intraday movements from Pakistan stock market.Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, (28),100418. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbef.2020.100418.
  • Aslam, F., Aziz, S., Nguyen, D. K., Mughal, K. S., & Khan, M. (2020). On the Efficiency of Foreign Exchange Markets in times of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 160, Dec 2020, p.120261. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120261
  • Qureshi, M.A., Ahsan, T., Aziz, S., Yusuf, M.  (2020) Technological capabilities and rent eroding battles: Scandinavia centric evidence on firm profitability. International Journal of Economics and Business Research, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp.130–151
  • Rahman, M., Aziz, S., Hughes, M. (2020) The product-market performance benefits of environmental policy: Why customer awareness and firm innovativeness matter. Bus Strat Env. 2020;1–18. DOI: 10.1002/bse.2484
  • Mashwani, A., S. Dereeper, M. Dowling, and S. Aziz. (2019). “Learning the Wealth Effects from Equity Carve-outs”, Finance Research Letters, forthcoming
  • Trabelsi, D., Aziz, S., Lilti, J.-J. (2019) A behavioral perspective on corporate dividend policy: evidence from France. Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, Vol. 19 Issue 1, pp.102-119
  • Aziz, S., Chikh, S., Dowling, M., Trabelsi, D. (2018) Committing to widespread disclosure of carbon impact. Bankers, Markets & Investors, Vol.154-155, Nov Dec 2018, pp. 12-24
  • Aziz, Saqib and Jean-Jacques Lilti, “Bank Deregulation, Consolidation and Stability: Evidence on U.S. M&A Centric Activity.” Revue Finance 38. (2017): 85-128.
  • Aziz, Saqib , Jean-Jacques Lilti, and Khalid El Badroui, “Bank Acquisitiveness and Bailouts: Evidence on European Banks during the 2008 Financial Crisis.” Bankers, Markets & Investors 149. (2017): 40-61.
  • Aziz, Saqib , Michael Dowling, and Jean-Jacques Lilti, “Bank Acquisitiveness and Financial Crisis Vulnerability.” Bankers, Markets & Investors 143. (2016): 26-44

Refereed proceedings

Discipline-Based Scholarship

  • Aziz, Saqib. Does bilateral trust matter during M&A negotiations? Evidence from cross-border transaction. 2nd Boca Raton Corporate Finance and Governance Conference 2021, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, 11-12 December 2021
  • Aziz, Saqib, Michael Dowling, Helmi Hammami and Anke Piepenbrink. Machine learning in finance: A topic modeling approach. In: 1st International Banking and Finance Research Conference, Agadir, Morocco, October 2019
  • Aziz, Saqib, Michael Dowling, Helmi Hammami and Anke Piepenbrink. Machine learning in finance: A topic modeling approach. In: IFABS, Angers, France, June 2019
  • Aziz, Saqib and Muhammad Farooq Ahmad. Do differences in societal trust let the cross-border mergers die? In: INFINITY FMA Europe, Glasgow, United Kingdom, June 2019
  • Aziz, Saqib and Muhammad Farooq Ahmad. Do differences in societal trust let the cross-border mergers die? In: AIB International, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2019
  • Aziz, Saqib, Jean-Jacques Lilti, and Dhoha Trabelsi. A behavioral perspective on corporate dividend policy: Evidence from France. In: 9th International Research Meeting in Business and Management (IRMBAM-2018), Nice, France, July 2018
  • Aziz, Saqib and Muhammad Farooq Ahmad. (2018). Do differences in societal trust let the cross-border mergers die? 3rd Corporate Governance Workshop, Paris, France, June 2018

 

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

  • Aziz, S. & Dowling, M. (2018), “AI and Machine Learning for Risk Management”, T. Lynn et al (eds.), The Fintech Ecosystem and Technology Innovation, Palgrave (Forthcoming)

Presentations of Refereed Papers

International

  • Ahmed, M. F., & Aziz, S., (2018), Do differences in societal trust let the cross-border mergers die?, The 2nd INFINITI Conference on International Finance ASIA-PACIFIC, Sydney, Australia
  • Ahmed, M. F., & Aziz, S., (2018), Do differences in societal trust let the cross-border mergers die?, 3rd Corporate Governance Workshop, Paris, France
  • Aziz, Saqib, Sabrina Chik, Michael Dowling and Dhoha Trabelsi. (2017). Corporate Environment Management Practices: International Evidence on Carbon Emission Disclosures. World Finance Conference, Sardinia, Italy.
  • Aziz, Saqib, Sabrina Chik, Michael Dowling and Dhoha Trabelsi. (2017). Corporate Environment Management Practices: International Evidence on Carbon Emission Disclosures. 24th Global Finance Conference, New York, United States of America.
  • Aziz, Saqib and Jean-Jacques Lilti. (2016). Bank deregulation, consolidation and stability: M&A centric evidence on U.S. World Finance & Banking Symposium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Aziz, Saqib and Jean-Jacques Lilti. (2016). Bank Deregulation, Consolidation and Stability: M&A Centric Evidence on U.S. 6th International Conference of the Financial Engineering and Banking Society, Malaga, Spain.
  • Aziz, Saqib, Khalid El Badroui, and Jean-Jacques Lilti. (2016). Tracing the M&A Footprints in Bailouts and Credit Ratings of European Banks During the 2008 Financial Crisis. 6th International Conference of the Financial Engineering and Banking Society, Malaga, Spain.
  • Aziz, Saqib, Michael Dowling, and Jean-Jacques Lilti. (2016). Bank Acquisitiveness and Financial Crisis Vulnerability. World Finance Conference New York, New York, United States of America.
  • Aziz, Saqib (2015). Deregulation, M&A activity and Bank Stability: Evidence on U.S. Commercial Banks. 6th International Research Meeting in Business and Management, Nice, France.
  • Aziz, Saqib, E de Bodt, and F Lobez. (2014). M&A Activity and Financial Distress of European Banks: Bailout and Credit Rating Perspective. 4th Conference of Financial Engineering & Banking Society (F.E.B.S), Surrey, United Kingdom.
  • Aziz, Saqib, E de Bodt, and F Lobez. (2013). Bank M&A and financial crisis vulnerability. 30th AFFI International Conference, Lyon, France.

Presentations of Non-Refereed Papers

National

  • Aziz, Saqib (2010). Tracing the M&A footprints in European bank distress during financial crisis. PhD Symposium, Lens, France.
  • Aziz, Saqib (2011). Tracing the M&A footprints in European bank distress during financial crisis. 3L Finance Research Workshop, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Aziz, Saqib (2012). Regulatory reforms and US Bank Consolidation : a broad picture. PhD Workshop, Lille, France.
  • Ahmad, Muhammad Farooq, Nihat Aktas, Saqib Aziz and Olivier Bertrand. Does bilateral trust matter during M&A negotiations? Evidence from cross-border transactions.  2nd Annual Boca Corporate Finance and Governance Conference, Boca, Florida, 2021.
  • Aziz, Saqib, Michael Dowling, Helmi Hammami and Anke Piepenbrink. Machine learning in finance: A topic modeling approach.  IFABS, Anger, France, 2019.
  • Aziz, Saqib and Muhammad Farooq Ahmad. Do differences in societal trust let the cross-border mergers die?  FMA Europe, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2019.
  • Aziz, Saqib and Muhammad Farooq Ahmad. Do differences in societal trust let the cross-border mergers die?  AIB International, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2019