C N V Krishnan | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University
C N V Krishnan - Professor, Banking and Finance

Faculty – C N V Krishnan

Department Chair, Banking and Finance
Faculty Director, MSM-Finance Program
Professor, Banking and Finance

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CNV Krishnan, PhD, Professor of Banking and Finance, is currently Department Chair, Banking and Finance, and Faculty Director, Master of Science in Management-Finance. As director of the MSM-Finance program, Krishnan has successfully managed the expansion of the program, creation of tracks of specialization, and corporate involvement in the program.

Krishnan’s research and teaching interests are in the area of corporate finance. His research is centered in empirical corporate finance and deals with how financial intermediaries/financial services providers (banks, bank regulators, investment bankers, venture capitalists, law firms, law courts, fund managers/investment advisors) help create or destroy value. His research has been published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Finance and presented at top academic conferences including the American Finance Association, Western Finance Association, and Financial Management Association Meetings. His research has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal and Reuters.com and is cited by the U.S. SEC. He is on the program committee of several major financial association conferences.

Krishnan was nominated for teaching excellence awards for graduate or undergraduate teaching in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015. He received the Weatherhead School of Management Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and Wolstein Society Amazing Mentor and Guide Award Winner in 2015. He has also been involved in executive education abroad.

Krishnan holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad. He was initially appointed to Weatherhead School of Management in 2001.


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001

Initially Appointed: 2001

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Selected Publications

  • Krishnan, C., Solomon, S., Thomas, R. (2020).
    How do Legal Standards Matter? An Empirical Study of Special Litigation Committees.   (vol. 60, ). Journal of Corporate Finance.
  • Krishnan, C., Solomon, S., Thomas, R. (2017).
    An Empirical Study of Special Litigation Committees: Evidence of Management Bias and the Effect of Legal Standards.   Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance.
  • Krishnan, C., Davidoff, S., Thomas, R. (2017).
    The impact on shareholder value of top defense counsel in mergers and acquisitions litigation   (vol. 45, pp. 480–495). Journal of Corporate Finance .
  • Krishnan, C., Thomas, R., Partnoy, F. (2016).
    The Second Wave of Hedge Fund Activism: The Importance of Reputation, Clout, and Expertise.”   (vol. 40, pp. 294-314). Journal of Corporate Finance.
  • Krishnan, C. (2016).
    Venture Capital Reputation   (vol. June 2016, pp. 890-893). SAGE Encyclopedia of Corporate Reputation, Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation.
  • Krishnan, C., Davidoff, S., Thomas, R. (2016).
    Who are the Top Law Firms? Assessing the Value of Plaintiffs’ Law Firms in Merger Litigation.   (vol. 18(1), pp. 122-154). American Law and Economics Review.
  • Krishnan, C., Masulis, R., Thomas, R., Thompson, R. (2014).
    Jurisdictional Effects in M&A Litigation   (vol. 11(1), pp. 132-158). Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.
  • Krishnan, C., Masulis, R. (2013).
    Law Firm Expertise and Merger and Acquisition Outcomes   (vol. 56, issue 1, pp. 189-226). Journal of Law and Economics.
  • Krishnan, C., Masulis, R., Thomas, R., Thompson, R. (2012).
    Shareholder Litigation in Mergers and Acquisitions   (vol. 18, issue 5, pp. 1248–1268). Journal of Corporate Finance.
  • Krishnan, C., Masulis, R. (2012). In Douglas Cumming (Ed.),
    Venture Capital Reputation   Oxford University Press.
  • Krishnan, C., Masulis, R., Singh, A., Ivanov, V. (2011).
    Venture Capital Reputation, Post-IPO Performance and Corporate Governance   (vol. 46, issue 5, pp. 1295 - 1333). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.
  • Krishnan, C., Ritchken, P. H., Thomson , J. (2010).
    Predicting Credit Spreads   (vol. 19, issue 4, pp. 529-563). Journal of Financial Intermediation .
  • Krishnan, C., Ergungor, O., Laux, P., Singh, A., Zebedee, A. (2010).
    Examining Bank SEOs: Are Offers Made by Undercapitalized Banks Different?   (vol. 19, issue 2, pp. 207-234). Journal of Financial Intermediation.
  • Petkova, R. G., Krishnan, C., Ritchken, P. H. (2009).
    Correlation risk   (vol. 16, issue 3, pp. 353-367). Journal of Empirical Finance.
  • Krishnan, C., Petkova, R., Ritchken, P. H. (2009).
    Correlation Risk   (vol. 16, issue 3, pp. 353-367). Journal of Empirical Finance.
  • Krishnan, C., Ritchken, P. H., Thomson, J. (2006).
    On Credit Spread Slopes and Predicting Bank Risk   (vol. 38, issue 6, pp. 1545-1574). Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.
  • Krishnan, C., Singh, A., Zebedee, A. (2006).
    An examination of large sell orders in cold IPO aftermarkets   (vol. 9, issue 2, pp. 119-143). Journal of Financial Markets.
  • Krishnan, C., Laux, P. (2005).
    Misreaction   (vol. 40, issue 2, pp. 403-434). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.
  • Krishnan, C., Ritchken, P. H., Thomson, J. (2005).
    Monitoring and Controlling Bank Risk: Does Risky Debt Help?   (vol. 60, issue 1, pp. 343-378). Journal of Finance.
  • Krishnan, C. (2004).
    Can Inefficient Traders Create Value?   (vol. 27, issue 4, pp. 461-479). Journal of Financial Research.
  • Krishnan, C., Chen, D.
    The Relationship between Dividend Payout and Price-to-Earnings.   (vol. 20(3), 2020, ). Journal of Accounting and Finance.