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School of Business and Management

Dr Chunling Xia


Lecturer in Finance

Telephone: +44 20 7882 3906
Room Number: Room 3.07, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus


Student drop-in and feedback hours

Thursday 16:00-18:00 (Semester A only)

Friday 15:00-17:00 (Semester B only)


Second and Third Year Academic Advisor

Co-Director of BSc Business Management (year 2)

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 hold 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 and insiders’ trades in the target and acquiring firms. She presents her research papers every year in various academic venues.

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



Undergraduate Teaching

  • BUS201 Financial Institutions
  • BUS225 Corporate Finance and Strategy


Research Interests:

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

Dr Chunling’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 and target insiders as risk arbitrageurs after the announcement. In addition, she is interested at insiders’ trades in acquiring firms and help to shed light on size and distribution of synergies in formal auctions versus informal sales.



"'M&A deal initiation and managerial motivation': Journal of Corporate Finance, Forthcoming"

Conference Papers

“What do we learn from target insiders’ trades around the takeover announcement date?”

“What do we learn from acquirer insiders’ trades about the selling process?”