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 & MSc Financial Technology

Lara Cathcart is an Associate Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School and Academic Director of MSc Finance and MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering and Co-Academic Director of MSc Financial Technology.

Lara earned a PhD in Finance from the University of London. Her current research interests encompass two key areas; credit risk and behavioural finance. She has a particular interest in the sovereign and corporate credit default swap markets and more recently has been interested in the impact of the media on financial markets.

Lara’s research has been presented at the main finance conferences (Western Finance Association, American Finance Association and European Finance Association) and published in high impact finance journals such as Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Journal of Corporate Finance and Journal of Banking and Finance and in more mainstream practitioner publications such as Risk and Professional Investor and has featured in EuromoneyInvestment Europe, and Structured Credit Investor. Her research has been funded with grants from the Economic & Social Research Council. She has served as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Banking and Finance, is currently Associate Editor at the European Journal of Finance and is a repeat member of the program committee of the European Financial Management Association. 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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