The eighth annual Financial Management Association Asia Pacific Conference presented in partnership with UNSW Business School and the Australian National University began this week.

Deputy Dean of UNSW Business School Professor Leisa Sargent said, “This is the largest FMA Asia Pacific conference, there’s been an incredible response from the region.”

The two day conference attracted academics from the US, Asia and Europe. It featured research presentations, opportunities for networking and panel discussions on topics such as, hedge funds, political issues and regulation in Asia.

Scientia Professor, Macquarie Group Chair of Financial Services and this year’s FMA Asian Co-Chair, Ron Masulis said it gave great visibility to the school. “We get to showcase our facilities and faculties. The other benefit is people think about us (UNSW Business School) when they’re recommending their PhD students to go overseas.”

Over 250 research papers were submitted for the conference, of which 102 were accepted. The keynote address was made by Christine Parlour from University of California Berkeley on ‘Banks Behaving Badly.’