Filippo Mezzanotti
Filippo Mezzanotti

Assistant Professor of Finance

Print Overview

Filippo Mezzanotti is an Assistant Professor of Finance. His research interests are in empirical corporate finance, banking and entrepreneurship. His current projects cover a variety of topics regarding how financial frictions affect real economic activity as well as the importance of patent policy for corporate innovation. In analyzing these issues, he exploits evidence from both contemporaneous and historical events. 

Filippo joined the Finance Department at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management in August 2016 as a Donald P. Jacobs Scholar. Filippo grew up in Italy and he received a B.A. and a M.Sc. in Economics from Bocconi University. After moving to the US, he obtained a MA and Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University.

Print Vita
Doctor of Philosophy, 2016, Business Economics, Harvard University
Master of Arts, 2014, Economics, Harvard University
Master of Science, 2010, Economics, Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
Bachelor of Arts, 2008, Economics, Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Academic Positions
Assistant Professor of Finance, Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2016-present
Donald P. Jacobs Scholars, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2016-2017

Editorial Positions
Referee, Management Science, 2017
Referee, The Review of Financial Studies, 2017
Referee, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2016
Referee, The Review of Corporate Finance Studies, 2016
Referee, Journal of Banking and Finance, 2016
Referee, Journal of Finance, 2016
Referee, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2016

Print Research
Mezzanotti, Filippo, Shai Bernstein and Josh Lerner. Forthcoming. Private Equity, Financial Strategy, and the Crisis. The Review of Financial Studies.
Working Papers
Mezzanotti, Filippo. 2017. Roadblock to Innovation: The Role Of Patent Litigation in Corporate R&D.
Lee, James and Filippo Mezzanotti. 2015. Bank Distress and Manufacturing: Evidence from the Great Depression.
Bottero, Margherita, Simone Lenzu and Filippo Mezzanotti. 2017. Sovereign Debt Exposure and Bank Lending Channel: Impact on Credit Supply and the Real Economy.
Mezzanotti, Filippo, James Lee and James Feigenbaum. 2017. Capital Destruction and Economic Growth: Evidence from Sherman's March.

Print Teaching
Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Finance II (FINC-431-0)

**This version of Finance II is designed for students who took Finance I during or after Fall 2014**

Finance II: Corporate Finance covers the financial knowledge you need to run a firm, whether the firm is a multi-billion international conglomerate or a three-person start up. You will learn how to answer the three fundamental question of corporate finance: (1) Capital structure or the funding decision: which source(s) of capital should you use to fund the firm's project? (2) Capital budgeting or the investment decision: which projects should you invest in? (3) Dividend decision: how should you deploy the capital that the project returns?

We will cover the three fundamental methods for valuing projects and firms: discounted cash flow (or net present value), real options, and multiples analysis. The class begins with a theoretical framework. The world of finance is very complex. Without a logical structure that you can use to frame and answer questions, you will rapidly become lost and will be unable to defend your position. The theoretical framework is valuable, however, only if you can use it to examine real world decisions. Thus the majority of class time will be devoted to applying the logical framework.

This course is important for anyone who plans to run a firm or a division, who hopes to be involved in the investment or funding decisions of the firm, who plans to work for a service provider who will assist the firm in analyzing these decisions (e.g., banking and consulting), or who plans to invest in firms or advise clients who will invest in firms. Even if you initially specialize in a different functional area, you want to understand how the finance function works. The most brilliant idea isn't useful if you cannot get it funded.

Recommended Prerequisites: ACCT-430 and MECN-430