Dr. Ning Gao is a senior lecturer in finance at the Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester. He received his PhD title in finance from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). His research interests cover corporate finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, corporate governance, information in the financial system and corporate environmental and social responsibilities. His works appear in world-leading and internationally renowned journals (e.g., Management Science, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Corporate Finance). Ning is a member of European Financial Association (EFA), Financial Management Association (FMA) and American Finance Association (AFA). He is also a life-time member of the Western Finance Association (WFA). He serves on the programme review committees of EFA and FMA in recent years. He also served as a Principle Investor (PI) by the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC). Ning has a broad teaching portfolio which includes Corporate Finance (Global MBA), Empirical Finance (UG), Financial Markets and Institutions (UG), Advanced Corporate Finance (PhD), Mergers & Acquisitions Negotiations (Full-time MBA).