Alexei Ovtchinnikov has significant expertise in the field of corporate finance, including financial management, mergers and acquisitions and investment performance. His research on firm capital structure changes following industry deregulation, the relation between firm political contributions and stock returns, changes in investors' expectations following additions to the S&P 500 Index, predictability of stock returns, and long-term spin-off returns for parent and subsidiary firms has appeared in such leading publications as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Journal of Investment Management. Ovtchinnikov's current research interests include regulation and capital structure, regulation and mergers, and firm political contributions and stock returns.
Prior to joining HEC Paris, he served as an assistant professor of Finance at the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech and at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Ovtchinnikov's research and teaching have been recognized with grants, awards and distinctions, including a Research Grant award from Virginia Tech, the Purdue Research Fund (PRF) Research Grant, Purdue University's Distinguished Teaching Award and Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year Award from the University of California at Riverside.
He has also presented at numerous leading seminars and conferences sponsored by industry and academic institutions including the American Finance Association meetings, the Financial Management Association European meetings, and the Midwest Finance Association meetings. He currently serves as a member of the American Finance Association, the Financial Management Association, and the Western Finance Association. He has been a reviewer for the Financial Management, the Financial Review, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Corporate Finance, the Journal of Economics and Business, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Review of Financial Studies. He has also served as a session chair and as a discussant for papers presented at the Financial Management Association meetings, the Financial Management Association European meetings, and the Midwest Finance Association meetings.