Workshop Title:

Emerging Financial Crisis and Corporate Exposure


February 27th, 2024 (GMT)


Cardiff University, UK


  • Financial crisis
  • Default
  • Bankruptcy
  • Corporate Learning

Workshop Chair:

Prof. Arman Eshraghi
Professor in Cardiff Business School

Personal Bio:

Arman Eshraghi is a Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance and Investment at Cardiff Business School, UK. His academic research spans finance, accounting and psychology with interests including behavioural finance, financial technology and corporate governance. His work is published in some of the leading journals of the field, cited in the media including the Financial Times, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Bloomberg, and contributed to handbooks published by Cambridge University, Wiley, Springer and Routledge. Professor Eshraghi is an Editor of International Review of Economics and Finance, Senior Editor of Finance Research Letters, Shimomura Fellow of the Development Bank of Japan, Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty at UCL, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Director of the Cardiff Fintech Research Group, and an Advisory Board Member of Fintech Wales. He has advised several UK financial services firms in recent years.

Workshop Description:


Financial markets are becoming increasingly volatile. How do companies learn (or should learn) from their exposure to prior financial crises? The Workshop will consider this question by examining the financial impact of recent bank collapses in the US and elsewhere. As a case in point, in early March this year, a little-known California bank has become the biggest story in markets. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) took control of SVB Financial after its stock-price crash dragged on the biggest names in US banking, including JPMorgan and Bank of America. SVB was a Santa Clara-based bank that lends money to and takes deposits from Silicon Valley tech startups. It provided funding to 44% of all venture capital-backed tech and healthcare companies that publicly listed on a stock exchange last year, according to its website. SVB's shares fell 86% between Thursday's opening bell and Friday before the company announced it would halt trading. This is just one of several recent examples of banking failure in recent months.

Goal / Rationale:

The goal of the session is to provide an overview of the literature on financial distress and bankruptcy in the corporate sector, as well as the studies on corporate exposure to financial turmoil. We will examine the fundamental and behavioral drivers of bank runs and explain how recent bank runs have taken place. We will discuss how capital adequacy regulations post-2008 have made the banking sector more resilient, and why sectoral bank failures are a healthy attribute of the banking sector unless they signal systematic issues across the economy. We will conclude by examining the recent SVB collapse and its impact on the tech sector and the start-up economy.

Scope and Information for Participants:

The participants will understand the concepts of financial distress, financial restructuring, liquidation, capital flight and bankruptcy. We will examine some distress models such as the Altman Z Score. Then, participants will learn about the attributes and mechanics of bank runs following examples from the 2008 financial crisis, the Eurozone crisis, and recent examples from the US. A bank run occurs when many clients withdraw their money from a bank, because they believe the bank may fail in the near future. The workshop will be of interest to practitioners in finance, economics, accounting and related business subjects. The session will be interactive in nature and allow space for conversations and new research questions to develop.


The workshop ‘Emerging Financial Crisis and Corporate Exposure’ concluded with a coverage of topics related to financial distress and bankruptcy in the current economic climate. The students were introduced to the drivers of financial distress and why corporate bankruptcies and similar crises have been on the rise in recent times following a long period of low interest rates. Corporate bankruptcies represent a critical phase in the lifecycle of businesses, signifying a point where a company is legally recognized as unable to meet its debt obligations. This situation not only affects the company and its employees but also its creditors, investors, and the wider economy. Predicting corporate bankruptcy is a complex task that employs both financial and non-financial indicators. Financial indicators include fundamentals derived from company balance sheets and income statements, such as the Altman Z-score, which assesses the likelihood of bankruptcy by evaluating factors like liquidity, profitability, leverage, and efficiency. Bank runs occur when a large number of customers withdraw their deposits from a bank simultaneously, fearing that the bank will become insolvent. This phenomenon is often driven by a crisis of confidence among the bank's customers. Key drivers include rumors of the bank's financial instability, actual financial mismanagement, or economic crises that lead to widespread panic. News of one bank's difficulties can quickly spread fear to other institutions, leading to a domino effect.


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