Partners & Network

The Center for Research in Financial Communication was founded at the University of Leipzig in 2016. Its activities are supported by an international network of experts in financial communication from science and practice. 

Partners

Günter Thiele Foundation for Communication and Management

The Günter Thiele Foundation for Communication & Management is a founding partner of the Center for Research in Financial Communication.

The foundation is organized within the Association for German Science Foundation (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft) and is subject to legal supervision by the state of Sachsen. 

The Günter Thiele Foundation for Communication & Management aims to promote science and research and support young researchers and teaching in the fields of communication management, public relations and strategic communication. In particular, it seeks to continue and expand the work already performed at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies of the University of Leipzig. 

Further information is available at guenter-thiele-stiftung.de


Deutsche Bank AG

Deutsche Bank is a founding partner of the Center for Research in Financial Communication.

Deutsche Bank provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals. Deutsche Bank is Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific. 

Further information is available at db.com


Hering Schuppener Consulting

Hering Schuppener Consulting is a founding partner of the Center for Research in Financial Communication.

Hering Schuppener Consulting is one of the leading communications consultancies in Continental Europe and the market leader in Germany, with offices in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt as well as an office in Brussels. It consistently wins awards for its work on the most high profile transactions in Germany, where it has ranked as the leading M&A advisor for the past 12 years in a row. Hering Schuppener Consulting has formed a strategic partnership with Finsbury, one of the global market leaders in strategic communications advisory, creating one of the few global platforms advising clients across all communication issues with 350 consultants in 14 offices around the world at the highest level of quality. 

Further information is available at www.heringschuppener.com


Deutsche Börse AG

Deutsche Börse Group is one of the largest exchange organisations worldwide. It organises markets characterised by integrity, transparency and safety for investors who invest capital and for companies that raise capital – markets on which professional traders buy and sell equities, derivatives and other financial instruments according to clear rules and under strict supervision. Deutsche Börse Group, with its services and systems, ensures the functioning of these markets and a level playing field for all participants – worldwide.

Further information is available at www.deutsche-boerse.com

Academic Network

Prof. Dr. Alexander V. Laskin is a Professor of Strategic Communication at Quinnipiac University (USA) and a consultant for corporations, non-profits, and governments. Before earning his Ph.D., he worked in international investor relations. His research focuses on corporate communication practices such as investor and shareholder relations as well as measurement and evaluation of communication effectiveness.  

Further information is available at alexanderlaskin.com.


Prof. Dr. Peter Leibfried is KPMG Professor and Director of the Institute for Controlling, Accounting and Auditing at the University of St. Gallen (ACA-HSG). Among other things, he is the academic leader of the largest master program of HSG (MaccFin), and serves as Dean of the School of Management. Outside the university, he is President of the expert commission Swiss GAAP FER, a member of the Supervision Comiccion for Occupational Pensios and active in further advisory boards. Prior joining the University of St. Gallen, Peter Leibfried hold various roles in practice. His research focuses on auditing & accounting as well as international accounting.  

Further information is available at unisg.ch.


Prof. Dr. Katja Langenbucher is a Professor for Private Law, Corporate and Financial Law in Goethe-University's House of Finance, furthermore she is an affiliated professor at Sciences Po, Paris. She studied law and philosophy at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Harvard Law School and Cambridge University. Her research focuses on corporate and capital markets law and includes selected topics of European Legal Theory.

Further information is available at langenbucher.hof.uni-frankfurt.de


Prof. Dr. Dirk Schiereck holds the Chair for Corporate Finance at TU Darmstadt since 2008. Before joining TU Darmstadt, he worked at the Institute for Mergers & Acquisitions of University Witten/Herdecke for two years as well as at European Business School for six years. He gained his doctorate and habilitation at the department of general business management at the University of Mannheim. His research focuses on corporate finance, performance measurement and investor relations.  

Further information is available at tu-darmstadt.de.

 


Prof. Dr. Henning Zülch holds the Chair of Accounting and Auditing at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management since 2016. A business administration and economics graduate, he studied at the Westfälischen Wilhelms-University of Münster. At Ernst & Young Deutsche Allgemeine Treuhand AG, he worked as an audit assistant and as a team leader in Assurance & Advisory Business Services. His research focuses on consolidation, performance reporting, standard setting & enforcement and accounting in private firms. 

Further information is available at hhl.de.

Cooperations

DIRK – Deutscher Investor Relations Verband (German Investor Relations Association) is the largest specialized association for connecting companies and the capital market in Europe. As an independent expert, DIRK aims to improve the dialogue between issuers, investors and relevant intermediaries and set professional quality standards. The goal of the association is professional support for its members, the promotion of the IR profession as well as extensive trainings and further education possibilities in close cooperation with science and research. 

Further information is available at dirk.org


DVFA – Deutsche Vereinigung für Finanzanalyse und Asset Management (German Association for Financial Analysis and Asset Management) is a professional association with nearly 1,400 investment professionals. The aim of the association is to take decisive steps in setting the course within the financial community. Furthermore, the DVFA professional regulation sets a self-imposed framework concerning the standards of professional practice. In various industry-specific events, relevant issues are discussed and decision-making is initiated.  

Further information is available at dvfa.de.


Since 1953, Deutsche Aktieninstitut (DAI) represents the interests of publicly traded companies, banks, stock exchanges and investors representing 80 percent of the market capitalization of stock corporations in Germany. It aims to promote equities as investments and financing instruments in Germany and strives to support the development of capital markets and their parameters. The raising of capital via primary markets, the trading of securities as well as the rights and obligations of shareholders, management and supervisory boards are among their core issues addressed. DAI provides the secretariat of the Regierungskommission Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex. 

Further information is available at dai.de.


The Center for Corporate Reporting (CCR) is an independent center of excellence for corporate reporting and a central point of contact for all key players in the corporate reporting community. CCR focuses not only on reporting in the strictest sense; it examines external and internal reporting and its interaction with topics such as strategy, leadership, reputation, risk and corporate management. CCR’s activities include the annual Symposium, topic-specific events, the trade publication «The Reporting Times» and networking of diverse players within the reporting community.  

Further information is available at corporate-reporting.com.


The IR Club is the combination of Investor Relations and Social Media: an online community of IR specialists and one of the largest IR associations in Europe. IR Club aims to promote networking, communication, discussion and knowledge transfer among IR experts. In addition, the use of social media is supported by the platform. 

Further information is available at irclub.de.