Imperial College London


Business School

Associate Professor of Finance



+44 (0)20 7594 9126l.cathcart




3.0953 Prince's GateSouth Kensington Campus






Academic Director of MSc Finance & MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering

Lara Cathcart is an Associate Professor of finance at Imperial College Business School. She earned a Master’s degree and PhD in Finance from Birkbeck College, University of London. She specializes in the study of credit risk, derivative pricing and fixed income products. Her work has appeared in finance journals such as Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Quantitative Finance and in more mainstream practitioner publications such as Risk and Professional Investor and has featured in Euromoney, Investment Europe, and Structured Credit Investor. Her research has been funded with grants from the Economic & Social Research Council. She is an associate editor for the European Journal of Finance  and the Journal of Banking and Finance  . She lectures on the MSc Finance, MSc Finance and Accounting, MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering and the MSc Investment and Wealth Management. Lara has also consulted for several investment banks and for HM Treasury. 

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Bedendo M, Cathcart L, El-Jahel L, 2017, Reputational shocks and the information content of credit ratings, Journal of Financial Stability, Vol:34, ISSN:1572-3089, Pages:44-60

Cathcart L, El-Jahel L, Jabbour R, 2017, Basel II: an engine without brakes, Journal of Banking Regulation, Vol:18, ISSN:1745-6452, Pages:359-374

Cathcart L, Bedendo M, El-Jahel L, 2016, Distressed Debt Restructuring in the Presence of Credit Default Swaps, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Vol:48, ISSN:1538-4616, Pages:165-201

Cathcart L, El-Jahel L, Jabbour R, 2015, "Can Regulators Allow Banks to Set their Own Capital Ratios?", Journal of Banking and Finance, Vol:53, ISSN:1872-6372, Pages:112-123

Badaoui S, Cathcart L, El-Jahel L, 2015, Implied Liquidity Risk in the Term Structure of Sovereign Credit Default Swap Spreads and Bond Spreads, European Journal of Finance, Vol:22, ISSN:1466-4364, Pages:825-853

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