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Christina E. Bannier has held the Commerzbank endowed chair of corporate finance/SME finance at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management since March 2007.

She has a diploma in economics from Giessen University and a PhD in economics – information dissemination in currency crises – from Kassel University. Both her undergraduate and PhD studies were supported by a grant from Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, (the German national academic foundation).

Prof Bannier was a visiting professor at the London School of Economics (financial markets group) in 2001-2002 and at San Diego State University in 2004.

From 2002 to 2004 she was secretary of the ECB-CFS network on capital markets and financial integration in Europe and was also a member of the programme committee of several network workshops.

Prof Bannier is active as ad hoc referee for several scientific journals including American Economic Review, Review of Financial Studies, European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of International Money and Finance, International Journal of Central Banking, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

She is also a regular member of the German finance association’s programme committee and publishes in various national and international journals.

Prof Bannier regularly presents her research at national and international conferences and workshops and received several awards for her work.

In the newly established Handelsblatt ranking 2009 for German-speaking countries Christina Bannier ranks among the top 10 per cent of most productive researchers in business administration. She also belongs to the top 100 researchers under the age of 40.

The five terms defined by Christina Bannier on FT Lexicon this week are:

Unsolicited rating

Risk shifting

Rating feedback effects

Loan performance pricing

Rating review

Compiled by Emmanuelle Smith

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