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Nachemson-Ekwall, Sophie

Affiliated Researcher
SSE Institute for Research (SIR)

Center for Management and Organization Sophie Nachemson-Ekwall was born 1964 in Gothenburg.

Sophie is currently pursuing research on "institutional investors and long term value creating investments" with grants from Lundbergs Foundation (2016–2018). She pursues research related to the theory of the firm, takeover regulation, corporate governance, long-termism and value creation.

She defended her dissertation "An Institutional Analysis of Cross-border Hostile Takeovers" in December 2012. The dissertation address shareholder value, short-termism and regulatory arbitrage on the Swedish stock market during the sixth takeover wave. It describes the Swedish governance-system, takeover market and regulatory development and gives it an international perspective. Three longitudinal case studies are presented - dealing with Skandia, Capio and Scania.

Sophie gained her DHS-diploma from Stockholm School of Economics in 1986 with a major in finance. After that she has spent 20 years in financial journalism. She has worked for different financial papers based in Stockholm - the weekly Affärsvärlden, the dailies Finanstidningen, Dagens Nyheter and Dagens Industri, as well as the pioneer website E24. In 1999 she acquired the CEFA-degree (Certified European Financial Analyst).

Today she often participate in debates related to value creation and long-term investing. Sophie Nachemson-Ekwall is co-author of three books. The first two are about ABB and Skandia, two companies that crasched around the millenium. The books are indepth studies of management strategy, corporate governance, board relations and the role of shareholders. The third book is about Skandia and the hostile bid on the company during 2005. The Skandiabook (2010) was an effort to understand transformed and transforming conditions for governance in the context of unrestricted capital movement, hedge funds and the like, and prevailing ideologies of governance. It is an indepth study of corporate governance in financial capitalism. This book was also part of Sophie's dissertation which dealt with corporate governance during a cross-border hostile takeover. Sophie is winner of Hasse Olssons Prize in financial journalism, an award she gained for her coverage of ABB in 2001. In 2008 she was awarded best Financial Journalist, Svensk Image. Sophie Nachemson-Ekwall received a research grant (2007-2010) by the Handelsbankens forskningsstiftelser to pursue research into the theme of 'Corporate Governance in Financial Capitalism'.

In 2016 Sophie wrote a policy report for the independent think-tank Global Challenge on issues of Long term capital formation and multiple ownership models like cooperatives. En hållbar Ägararkitektur för Sverige.

In 2017 she was editor for the Swedish Shareholders Association's 5th Ownership policy. A report of 120 pages.

She has published 4 peer-reviewed articles and a number of pieces for SSE and Swedish media.

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