Ben S. Branch

Professor of Finance, UMass Amherst, Isenberg School of Management


Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan, 1970
M.A., Economics, University of Texas, 1968
B.A., Mathematics, Emory University, 1965

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Dr. Branch is professor of finance and is an expert in bankruptcy investing, bankruptcy management, and valuing distressed assets. He has managed the estates for several large bankruptcies, including the bankruptcies of banks and other corporations, and has been a Director on several corporate Boards. Professor Branch is an author of several books on bankruptcy management and investing, and is widely published in professional journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Business, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, The Antitrust Bulletin, The Harvard Business Review, The Sloan Management Review, Journal of Business and Economics, Financial Management, Global Finance Journal, and Journal of Alternative Investments. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Turnaround Management Association. Dr. Branch is a member, past president, and past trustee of the Eastern Finance Association, and a member of the Financial Management Association.

Economics and Business Specialities
Bankruptcy investing
Distressed valuation
Fraudulent conveyance

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Bankruptcy, fraudulent conveyance, bankruptcy investing, bank management

Industry Experience

Corporate Finance
Financial institutions

Selected Publications & Presentations

Bankruptcy Investing (with Hugh Ray). Dearborne Financial, 1992. Reissued by Beard Books, 1999. Fourth edition revised and updated 2007.

Last Rights: Liquidating a Company (with Hugh Ray and Robin Russell). Oxford University Press. 2007.

The Risks of Directing a Financial Institution (with Robin Russell). Chapter in Handbook for Directors of Financial Institutions. Edited by Benton Gup. Edward Elgar. 2008.


Academic Advisory Council of the Turnaround Management Association

Eastern Finance Association

Financial Management Association

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