Chen Lin joined the University of Hong Kong as a Chair Professor of Finance at the School of Economics and Finance in 2013. Before joining HKU, he was on the faculty team of the Department of Finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). At CUHK, he became a Full Professor in Finance in 2010 and was awarded the Choh-Ming Li Professorship in Finance in 2012. He received his Bachelor of Engineering from the South China University of Technology in 2000 and a MBA (2004), M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2006) from Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida. His research interests include banking and financial institutions, corporate finance, financial contracting, financial regulation, and development economics.
His papers are published or forthcoming in Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Accounting Research, Management Science, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking & Finance, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Review of Industrial Organization, and others. His papers also received various awards such as the Jensen Prize (First Prize) for the Best Papers Published in the Journal of Financial Economics in the Areas of Corporate Finance and Organizations, The JFE All Star paper, the Chicago Quantitative Alliance Asian Academic Competition Research Paper Award, the Hong Kong Asian Capital Market Research Prize awarded by CFA Institute and HKSFA, and two Best Paper Awards at the 9th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Financial Markets. He currently serves on the editorial boards of seven international journals including Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management and Journal of Comparative Economics. He is the Principal Investigator of several RGC Competitive Earmarked Research Grants and a Co-Principal Investigator of a RGC Theme-based Research Grant, the first large-scale, theme-based business research grant in Hong Kong.
His works and views have been presented in major finance conferences such as American Finance Association annual conference, European Finance Association annual conference and Western Finance Association annual conference, and various conferences held by institutions such as Asian Development Bank, China Banking Regulatory Commission, China Security Regulatory Commission, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Hoover Institute at Stanford University, International Monetary Fund, National Bureau of Economic Research and the World Bank and covered by BBC World TV, Bloomberg, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, China Daily, CNNMoney, CFA Digest, Hong Kong Satellite TV, VoxEU, Wall Street Journal (Real Time Economics) and World Bank Doing Business Report. He has provided consulting services for the Asian Development Bank, the Bank of International Settlement, China Construction Bank (Asia), Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council, Qianhai Institute of Innovative Research, and the World Bank. He serves as a panel member of the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong and the RAE exercise conducted by University Grants Committee of Hong Kong. He is also a Currency Board Committee member of the Hong Kong Exchange Fund Advisory Committee and an Advisory Council member and a research fellow at HKIMR of Hong Kong Monetary Authority.