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School of Business and Management

Dr Chunling Xia


Lecturer in Finance; Programme Director for BSc Business Management (Year 2)

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 3906
Room Number: Room 3.07, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus
Office Hours: Friday 2.30pm - 4.30pm & 4.30pm - 6.30pm (Semester A only).




Dr. Chunling Xia is a Lecturer in Finance at Queen Mary University of London. She graduated from Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, with a BSc degree in Economics. She completed her MSc in Finance at Lancaster Management School and holds a PhD in Finance degree at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick.

Her research interests are mainly in the area of empirical corporate finance, especially Mergers and Acquisitions and insider trading. In particular, her recent research explores the reasons of M&A deal initiation, managers’ active participation, insiders’ trades in the target and acquiring firms and corporate payout policy. She presents her research papers every year in various academic venues. 

Before joining the Queen Mary University of London, she has experience in teaching finance courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Warwick Business School. She has passed the CFA level I in 2010.


Chunling Xia CV [PDF 170KB]




  • BUS149: Foundations of Finance 
  • BUS201: Financial Institutions 


Research Interests:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions 
  • Insider Trading 
  • Corporate Governance 
  • Executive Compensation 
  • Corporate Payout Policy 

Dr Xia’s past research explores why target firms actively sell themselves and analyses managers’ active participation in the deal negotiation process. Currently, she focuses on how deal characteristics affect insiders’ trades in target firms before the takeover announcement date and target insiders as risk arbitrageurs after the announcement. She is also interested in insiders’ trades in acquiring firms and help to shed light on the size and distribution of synergies in informal selling mechanism versus formal auctions. Further, her research investigates the interdependence between corporate payout and investment policies.

Centre and Group Membership:



  • Fidrmuc, J.P. and Xia, C., 2019. M&A deal initiation and managerial motivation. Journal of Corporate Finance59, pp.320-343. 


Working papers 

  • Fidrmuc, J.P. and Xia, C., 2020. Target insiders’ preferences when trading before takeover announcements: deal completion probability, premium and deal characteristics. – Conditionally Accepted by European Financial Management. 
  • Fidrmuc, J.P. and Xia, C., 2020. Asset complementarity and optimality of one-to-one negotiations when selling firms. 
  • Chen, Z., Lei, Z. and Xia, C., 2020. The unselfishness of insider trading: evidence from acquirer insiders' trades around M&A. – Semifinalist for one of six best paper awards at the 2020 FMA Virtual Conference. 
  • Chen, Z., Lei, Z. and Xia, C., 2020. Prioritizing payout over investment? Dividends vs repurchases. 


Work in progress 

  • Fidrmuc, J.P. and Xia, C., 2019.Target insiders as risk arbitrageurs.