Dr Gwion Williams

Division: Financial Studies

Location: Room 2.08, Hen Goleg

Tel: 01248 38 3959

Email: gwion.williams@bangor.ac.uk


Lecturer in Finance

Gwion Williams is a Lecturer in Finance in Bangor Business School. He has been with the business school since 2007 when he undertook an MSc in Finance course. He then worked as a research assistant on an ESRC funded project looking at opportunistic managerial behaviour around the times of share option grants in the UK, before beginning his PhD in October 2009.

His research interest is in sovereign credit ratings and their effects on world markets and banks, and he is a member of the credit ratings research group at Bangor. He is currently a second supervisor for one PhD student.

His teaching interests lie in financial engineering, financial modelling, financial econometrics, quantitative methods and research methods.

Roles within Bangor Business School

  • Deputy Director of Graduate Studies (Research)
  • Postgraduate and undergraduate teaching
  • Personal tutor


PhD in Finance

MSc in Finance

BSc in Astrophysics


  • 'Are single stock futures used as an alternative during a short-selling ban?', Journal of Futures Markets (2017), forthcoming. Co-authors: Bouchra Benzennou, and Owain ap Gwilym.
  • ‘Does sovereign creditworthiness affect bank valuations in emerging markets?’, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money (2015), 36, 113-129. Co-authors: Rasha Alsakka and Owain ap Gwilym.
  • 'The impact of sovereign rating actions on bank ratings in emerging markets', Journal of Banking and Finance (2013), 37 (2), 563-577. Co-authors: Rasha Alsakka and Owain ap Gwilym.

Working papers

  • 'The impact of sovereign credit signals on bank share prices during the European sovereign debt crisis'. Co-authors: Rasha Alsakka and Owain ap Gwilym.
  • 'Opportunistic managerial behaviour in relation to share option compensation in the UK'. Co-authors: Lynn Hodgkinson, Jo Wells and Dr Doris Merkl-Davies.
  • ‘Plain English and say-on-pay: regulatory requirements v’s potential behavioural consequences'. Co-authors: Danial Hemmings, and Lynn Hodgkinson.


Research Student Supervision:

  • Bouchra Benzennou - Market Microstructure (Second supervisor)


Undergraduate Teaching

  • Quantitative Methods/Intro. to Quantitative Methods/Dulliau Meintiol (ASB-1101/1111/ADB-1101)

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Financial Modelling (ASB-4416)
  • Financial Engineering (ASB-4417)
  • Current Issues in International Finance (ASB-4441)
  • Financial Research Seminar Series, & Financial Research and CFA series: Corporate Finance (ASB-4903 & ASB-4910)
  • Doctoral Workshop: Regression Analysis

Conference presentations

  • Wolpertinger Conference 2016 , Verona
  • Financial Engineering and Banking Society (FEBS) Annual Conference, University of Surrey, June 2014
  • Financial Engineering and Banking Society (FEBS) Annual Conference, ESCP Europe Business School, London (2012)
  • British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, Brighton (2012)
  • Accounting and Finance Research Colloquium, Gregynog Hall (2009)

Ad-hoc refereeing

Economic Modelling, Economic Systems, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, International Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Review of Accounting and Finance.