Vladimir Atanasov is an associate professor at the Mason School of Business, College of William and Mary. He finished his Ph.D. in finance at the Pennsylvania State University in 2002. Professor Atanasov teaches the Financial Markets Career Acceleration Module and Portfolio Management in the full-time MBA program, Money and Debt Markets, Financial Management, and a "Distinguish" Advanced Portfolio Management class in the undergraduate program.
Before coming to William and Mary, Vladimir Atanasov was an assistant professor at Babson College where he taught Security Valuation and Investments. He also taught Introductory Corporate Finance and Investments to undergraduates at Penn State, and Private Equity and Mergers and Acquisitions classes to M. Sc. Students at Toulouse Business School.
His research is primarily focused on corporate governance and specifically on the effect of controlling blockholders on firm value. He is also studying the effect of securities and corporate laws on the behavior of large investors and the relationship between certain legal statutes and capital market development. Other research projects that Professor Atanasov works on include the dilution of entrepreneurs in VC-backed firms and the effect of lawsuits on VC funding and deal flow. His research has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporation Law, and funded by several grants from the U.S. Department of State, the Kauffman Foundation, Austrailian Research Council, and the Melbourne Center for Financial Studies.
Vladimir Atanasov has consulted U.S. start-up companies, and private equity funds, investment companies, and financial advisors in Eastern Europe on equity valuation, private equity investment contracts, portfolio management, asset allocation, and development of investment products.