Campus for Finance

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Campus for Finance e. V.
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Chairman Markus Probst, Frederic Martin
Legal form Eingetragener Verein
Founded 2001
Domicile Vallendar
Members about 100
Website Campus for Finance

Campus for Finance Association is a student association at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany. It was founded in 2001 in cooperation with the Endowed Chair of Finance, held by Prof. Dr. Markus Rudolf, to support and organize the student-run “Campus for Finance”-conferences. The association annually hosts the “WHU New Year’s Conference” and the “WHU Private Equity Conference”. The mission of the association is entitled “Uniting the World of Finance”.


Campus for Finance started as a student initiative in 2001 and organized the first “WHU New Year’s Conference”, entitled “Old/New Economy – One Finance”, in the same year. The conference is intended as a platform for mutual exchange at the contact point of academic work and practice. In addition to the “WHU New Year’s Conference” the “WHU Private Equity Conference” was launched in 2004 and deals with topics around private equity and venture capital.


The “WHU New Year’s Conference” and the “WHU Private Equity Conference” share the same concept: A program over two days that provides a forum for presentations and discussions of academics, corporate and media representatives, politicians and students.

WHU New Year's Conference (NYC)[edit]

WHU New Year's Conference
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Topic 2016 "Financing European Business - Where does the Future of Corporate and Institutional Funding lie"
Date 13 to 14 January 2016
Place WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Rhein-Mosel-Halle in Koblenz
Participants 2016 500
Website WHU New Year's Conference

The “WHU New Year's Conference” is the biggest conference organized by the Campus for Finance Association with 500 participants. It takes place annually in January and covers topics that refer to the current issues of the financial world. Due to the rising number of participants the “WHU New Year’s Conference” took place at the Rhein-Mosel-Halle in Koblenz in 2014 for the first time.

Topics of former conferences[1][edit]

  • "Innovation in Finance – Shaping Tomorrow's Business Models", 2017
  • "Financing European Business - Where does the Future of Corporate and Institutional Funding lie", 2016
  • "Cheap Money – Easy Borrowing, Tough Investing?", 2015
  • "Tomorrow's Financial Services – Breakdown or Revival?", 2014
  • "Financial Markets, Media & Politics: Who rules the world?", 2013
  • "Sustainable Finance – How to benefit from global mega trends?!", 2012
  • "Financial vs. Real Economy – Two Sides of the Same Coin?", 2011
  • “Finance 2020 – Perspectives on Tomorrow’s Markets”, 2010
  • “Behavioral Finance – How to Account for Irrationality?”, 2009
  • “New Horizons for Financial Markets – Investing in a Changing World” 2008
  • "Future of Banking – Between Markets and Institutions", 2007
  • "Fixed Income – Lending, Borrowing and Taking Risk", 2006
  • "Options and Futures: How Derivatives Shape Corporate Risk Management", 2005
  • "Corporate Finance - How to Create Value", 2004
  • "Rationality of Stock Markets & Empirical Finance", 2003
  • "Asset Management & Asset Pricing", 2002
  • "Old/New Economy - One Finance", 2001

WHU Private Equity Conference (PEC)[edit]

WHU Private Equity Conference
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Topics 2015
1st Circling Around the same Targets
2nd The Changing Role of LPs
3rd From Profitability to Growth
Date 26 to 27 March 2015
Place WHU in Vallendar
Participants 2015 200
Website WHU Private Equity Conference

The WHU Private Equity Conference  takes place annually in spring and is organized by students of the  WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. The focus lies on topics around changes in the private equity and venture capital industry. During the conference graduates and students come together with executives from funds, financial institutions, consultancies and lawyers to discuss present topics.

Topics of former conferences[edit]

  • "Performance Differentiation Through Operational Value Creation" und "Replacing Capital Markets Through Private Growth Investors?!", 2016
  • "Circling Around the same Targets", "The Changing Role of LPs" and "From Profitability to Growth", 2015
  • "Private Equity Growing Up – Value Creation Strategies in a Maturing Market", 2014
  • "Heading for new Shores – Crisis as a Chance", 2013
  • "Private Equity 2.0 – Redefining the industry’s chessboard", 2012
  • "Value Creation - Exploiting this Decade’s Opportunities", 2011

List of former speakers (selection)[2][edit]

Scientific reception[edit]

A number of contributions from the series "Campus for Finance" were apprehended in the scientific discussion. For example, the paper "How to Pay a Non-family Manager in a Family Firm - a Multi-task Principal-agent Analysis" by Jörn Block and Joachim Henkel at the "Campus for Finance - Research Conference 2009" on the pricing models of management taken.[4] The lecture "Rational International Investment" by Campbell Harvey held on the "WHU New Year's Conference 2003" was discussed further.[5]

Reception in the media[edit]

At the "WHU New Year's Conference 2010" Alexander Dibelius, head of the investment bank Goldman Sachs Germany, said that "Banks ... have no obligation to promote the common good." For this he earned considerable criticism, both from politicians and society as well as colleagues and generated considerable media coverage. Especially in connection with the intensive bailout for the banking industry around the world due to the international financial crisis, this statement is highly controversial.[6] The speech by Axel Wieandt was intensively discussed, too, as he spoke about the plans of Hypo Real Estate to establish a "bad bank”.[7] The attendance of John F. Nash, Jr. earned the conference high media interest, which was reported of in newspaper articles and in numerous interviews.[8][9]

External links[edit]


  • Andreas Buhr: Finanzkongress Campus for Finance wählt für 2010 bedeutende Redner, Online Artikel, 7. Januar 2010, New Year’s Conference 2010 Online
  • Handelsblatt: Verschnaufpause für Banken geht 2010 zu Ende, Handelsblatt, 18. Januar 2010, New Year’s Conference 2010 Online
  • wiwi-Journal: Campus for Finance – New Year’s Conference 2009, wiwi-Journal, 11.2008, Seite 52/53, New Year’s Conference 2009
  • Handelsblatt: Ackermann erklärt die Welt von Morgen, Handelsblatt, 17. Januar 2008, New Year’s Conference 2008 Online
  • Onvista: Investing in a Changing World, Onvista, 7. August 2010 (updated), New Year’s Conference 2008 Online
  • Mathias Peer: Banken sparen nicht am Nachwuchs - Das Finanzgewerbe wird immer akademischer, Hochschulanzeiger no. 95, 2008, page 38, New Year’s Conference 2008 Online
  • Manager Magazin: Eine Million Neukunden bis Dezember, Manager Magazin, 12. Januar 2007 New Year’s Conference 2007 Online
  • Jörg Hilpert: Die internationale Finanzwelt versammelt sich in Vallendar, Rhein Zeitung, 13. Januar 2006, page 7, New Year’s Conference 2006
  • UNICUM: Zukunft der Finanzwelt, UNICUM, 13. Dezember 2004, no. 12, page 36, New Year’s Conference 2005
  • Christiane Buck: Herkömmliche Bewertung nicht sinnvoll, Welt, 21. Januar 2001, New Year’s Conference 2001 Online


  1. ^ Homepage Campus for Finance - List of former conferences, 17. January 2011 (updated) Online Archived 2011-01-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Homepage Campus for Finance - List of former speakers, 17. January 2011 (updated) Online Archived 2011-01-07 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Jean-Claude Trichet: The process of European financial integration: where do we stand?, Speech New Year's Conference 2006, 6. August 2010 Online
  4. ^ Jörn Block: Long-term Orientation of Family Firms: An Investigation of R&D Infestments, Downsizing Practices, and Executive Pay, 2009, ISBN 3-8349-1959-4, Page 176 Online
  5. ^ Sven Vorstius: Wertrelevanz von Jahresabschlussdaten: Eine theoretische und empirische Betrachtung von Wertrelevanz im Zeitverlauf in Deutschland, 2004, ISBN 3-8244-8247-9, Page 17/18 Online
  6. ^ Handelsblatt: Banken müssen nicht das Gemeinwohl fördern, Handelsblatt, 14. Januar 2010 Online
  7. ^ Handelsblatt: Ausgestaltung der „Bad Bank“ rückt näher, Handelsblatt, 18. Januar 2010 Online
  8. ^ Handelsblatt: Rente ist für ihn irgendwie paradox, Handelsblatt, 22. Januar 2010 Online
  9. ^ Patrick Bernau: „Die Menschen sind nicht immer rational“, FAS Nr. 7, 21. Januar 2010, Seite 33 - Wirtschaft