Department of Economics Welcomes Investment Banking Advisor Claudio Cornini

On November 17, the Department of Economics welcomed Dr. Claudio Cornini, an investment banking advisor based in London, for a discussion with students and professors. Dr. Cornini’s talk, entitled “Lessons from experience: about the great beauty and few little headaches of working in economics or finance in a rapidly changing world,” provided insights about his professional experience as a financial analyst. 

Dr. Cornini offered an insider’s perspective on the structure and the changes in the eurozone financial industry that have been taking place over time. He then gave an overview of how the industry is evolving and listed the “hard” and “soft” skills that are necessary in order to make a career in the financial world. Finally, in response to questions from faculty and students, he commented on the sectors, emerging countries, markets, and new players that will likely become relevant in the near future. 

The talk was a good opportunity for students to catch a glimpse of what it’s like to work as an investment banker or financial analyst, and also to interact with their Economics and Finance Professors outside of the traditional classroom environment.  

In 2008 Dr. Cornini founded Cornhill & Harvest Ltd, a London-based, FCA-supervised investment banking boutique, operating in ECM, Corporate Finance, M&A, and Investor Relations advisory services, with a footprint mainly in UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, and Italy. The company’s industry specializations include mining, healthcare, financial, and other services

A banker for over 3 decades, Dr. Cornini has held numerous “C” and Board positions in banks, including CEO and Chairman. He has worked in various geographies in Europe (Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg), the Americas (Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil), and Asia & Oceania (Singapore, Australia). He has been a lecturer in various universities in monetary policy, economics of banking, financial accounting