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April Knill
SunTrust Associate Professor of Finance and Assistant Director of the BB&T Center


143 RBB

Multinational and Corporate Finance


Ph.D., University of Maryland
MBA, University of Maryland
B.S., Salisbury University

International Finance
Politics & Finance
Corporate Finance


April Knill started working at Florida State University in 2005 after a year and a half at The World Bank in Washington, D.C.

April Knill - Vitae (PDF)



Entrepreneurial litigation and venture capital finance (with Bruce Haslem and Douglas Cumming), 2017, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 52(5): 2217-2250. Download

Do international investors enhance private firm value? (with Douglas Cumming and Kelsey Syvrud) Journal of International Business Studies, 2016, 47, 347-373. Download

Firm size and the impact of securities regulation (with Nela Richardson and Douglas Cumming), Journal of Comparative Economics, 2015, 43(2): 417–442. Download

Determinants of sovereign wealth fund investment in private equity vs public equity (with Nathan Mauck and Sofia Johan), Journal of International Business Studies, 2013, 44(2): 155-172.  Download 

Does foreign portfolio investment reach small listed firms? European Financial Management, 2013, 19(2): 251-303. Recipient of Center of International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and Financial Management Association 2004 Best Dissertation in International Finance Award Download 

Bilateral political relations and the impact of sovereign wealth fund investment (with Bong-Soo Lee and Nathan Mauck), Journal of Corporate Finance, 2012, 18(1): 108-123. Download

Sovereign wealth fund investment and the return-to-risk relationship of their target firms (with Bong-Soo Lee and Nathan Mauck), Journal of Financial Intermediation, 2012, 21(2): 315-340. Download

Disclosure, venture capital and entrepreneurial spawning (with Douglas Cumming), Journal of International Business Studies, 2012, 43(6): 563–590Download

Should venture capitalists put all their eggs in one basket?  Diversification versus pure play strategies in venture capital, Financial Management, 2009, 38(3), 441-486 (LEAD ARTICLE). Download

Selective hedging, information asymmetry and futures prices (with Kristina Minnick and Ali Nejadmalayeri),
Journal of Business, 2006, 79(3), 1475-1502.  Download


  1. Cross-border opportunity sets: an international empirical study based on ownership types (with James Ang and Nathan Mauck), 2017, Global Finance Journal 33, 1-24 (LEAD ARTICLE). Download
  2. The volatility of foreign portfolio investment and the financial constraints of small firms (with Bong-Soo Lee), 2014, Review of Development Economics 18(3): 524-542. Download
  3. The value of country-level perceived ethics to entrepreneurs around the world, European Journal of Finance, 2012, 18(3-4): 209-237. Reprinted in Entrepreneurship, Finance, Governance and Ethics, Springer, 2013 (p. 15-48). Download
  4. Experience, information asymmetry and rational forecast deviation (with Kristina Minnick and Ali Nejadmalayeri), 2012, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting 39(2): 241-272Reprinted in Handbook of Financial Econometrics and Statistics, Springer, 2015 (p. 63-100). Download


  1. Sovereign wealth fund investment and firm volatility (with Nathan Mauck). Oxford Handbook of Sovereign Wealth Funds, 2017: 298-321, Oxford University Press.
  2. Do private equity fund-of-fund managers provide value? Oxford Handbook of Private Equity, 2012: 386-416, Oxford University Press.
  3. Political influence and government enforcement (with Sarah Fulmer). University of Notre Dame Finance Newsletter, Fall, 2012, Issue No. 9: 5-6.
  4. Sovereign wealth fund investment in private equity. Sovereign Wealth Fund Annual Report, 2012.
  5. Venture capitalist control:  Stimulating or stunting? Venture Capital: Investment Strategies, Structures, and Policies, 2010: 439-470, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.




  • Finalist for Burning Spear's Guardian of the Flame Award
  • Top 10% of SSRN authors for all-time downloads
  • Top 5% of Academia.com researchers
  • Finalist for Academy of International Business Best Conference Paper, 2017
  • Nominated for Editorial Review Board of Journal of International Business Studies, 2016
  • Dean’s Emerging Scholar Award, 2014-2016
  • Semi-finalist of the Financial Management Association Best Paper in Corporate Finance, 2012
  • Nominated for Editorial Review Board of Journal of International Business Studies, 2012
  • SSRN Top Ten List for multiple papers
  • COFRs Award, Florida State University, Summers 2006-2008; 2010-2016
  • Center of International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and Financial Management Association Best Dissertation in International Finance, 2004
  • FMA Doctoral Consortium Participant, 2004
  • Krowe Teaching Award Nominee/Finalist, 2003/2004
  • World Bank Spot Performance Award for work on SMEs, October 2004
  • University of Maryland Block Fellowship, 1999-2004
  • University of Maryland Research Fellowship, 1999-2004
  • Andersen Consulting MBA Case Competition Silver Medal, 1998



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