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Karin S. Thorburn

Visiting Professor of Finance; Research Chair Professor of Finance, Norwegian School of Economics

Areas of Expertise

Mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, corporate credit, private equity, corporate governance, IPOs


Structuring Mergers and Acquisitions


PhD, Stockholm School of Economics, 1998; BEc, Stockholm School of Economics, 1987


Karin Thorburn is research chair professor of finance at NHH Norwegian School of Economics and adjunct full professor of finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining NHH, she was a full-time faculty member at Tuck. Thorburn’s research focuses on M&A, credit, bankruptcy, IPOs, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility. She publishes regularly in leading academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Thorburn is a director of the Financial Management Association International, a research associate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and a research affiliate of the European Corporate Governance Institute, and formerly a council member of the Society for Financial Studies and director of the executive committee of the European Finance Association. She serves on numerous corporate boards and has served on several government-appointed committees related to the investment strategy of the $1.5 trillion Government Pension Fund Global and banking regulation.