Dr James Ryans’ research interests focus on investors' use of financial information; on the effects of government monitoring on firms financial disclosures; and on aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including synergies, deal risk management, government intervention, and the impact of short-sellers and activists. Dr Ryans has published studies in prestigious academic journals such as the Journal of Accounting and Economics and The Accounting Review. His work has been cited by the New York Times and the Sunday Times, and has been presented to regulators and researchers at the SEC and PCAOB.
In the private sector, Dr Ryans has worked in investments and business development in the insurance industry, and formerly was a consultant at Deloitte & Touche in Toronto. In his professional capacity, Dr Ryans currently serves as an independent director and audit committee chair for Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp, an NYSE-listed blank check acquisition company. He also serves as a non-executive director for Groundspeed Analytics Inc., a data services and analytics startup that uses machine learning technology to streamline the document and information flow for complex commercial insurance transactions.
Dr Ryans is member of the CFA Society of the UK and currently serves the global CFA Institute in various program support roles.
In addition to his research and professional activities, Dr Ryans is an award winning teacher at London Business School, named Best Teacher for the Masters in Management programme in 2017.