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Jan Mahrt-Smith


    Jan Mahrt-Smith

    Associate Professor of Finance
    Academic Director, Full Time MBA Program

    Degrees: PhD in Financial Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    BSc in Business Administration, Boston University, 1991
    Email: Send an email to Jan Mahrt-Smith
    Phone: 416-946-8597


    Jan Mahrt-Smith is the Academic Director, Full Time MBA Program and an Associate Professor of Finance at Rotman and teaches MBA, MFin, PhD, and Executive Education courses in Corporate Finance, M&A, and Behavioral Finance. He has won several of the highest teaching awards from the MBA students and the Dean. Jan has consulted with Citibank, Scotia, Corus Entertainment and others. He has published in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, among others. Jan holds a PhD from M.I.T. (1998) and was on the faculty of the London Business School from 1998-2002.


    Academic Positions

    2015-present  Academic Director, FT MBA Program; Rotman
    2007-Present  Associate Professor of Finance; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
    2002-2007  Assistant Professor of Finance; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
    1998-2002  Assistant Professor of Finance; London Business School, UK

    Selected Publications - Papers

    • Corporate Governance and the Value of Cash; with Amy Dittmar (Michigan); Journal of Financial Economics; Issue: 83(3); 2007
    • Should Banks Own Equity Stakes in their Borrowers?; Journal of Banking and Finance; Issue: 30(10); 2006
    • The Interaction of Capital Structure and Ownership Dispersion; Journal of Business; Issue: 78(3); 2005
    • International Corporate Governance and Corporate Cash Holdings; with Amy Dittmar (Michigan) and Henri Servaes (London Business School); Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis; Issue: 38(1); 2003

    Academic / Professional Service

    2004 - 2007  Executive Committee; Rotman School of Management
    2006 - 2012  Academic Director, Master of Finance Program; Rotman School of Management
    2013-present  Graduate Education Council, SGS; University of Toronto
    2015-present  University Governing Council; University of Toronto

    Honors and Awards

    2004  MBA Award for "Best 24/7 Service" (1st and 2nd Year); Rotman School of Management
    2005  Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Award for Excellence in Teaching; Rotman School of Management
    2003 & 2007  MBA Professor of the Year (1st Year); Rotman School of Management
    2015, 2016  Most Engaged Professor; Rotman

    Professional Affiliations/Memberships

    Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
    Financial Management Association
    Northern Finance Association
    Western Finance Association
    American Finance Association

    Research and Teaching Interests

    Corporate Finance, Behavioral Finance  

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