On October 1, 2017, Professor Lars Hornuf took up the chair of Business Administration with a focus on financial services and financial technology, in the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics. After completing his studies in political economy at the University of Essex (UK), Hornuf worked at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, where he earned his doctorate in economics. This was followed by visits to UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Duke University (all US), the House of Finance of Goethe University Frankfurt and Georgetown University (USA). In 2014, he was appointed Junior Professor of Economic Analysis of Law in Economics at the University of Trier. Since 2016, he has been an affiliate research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and affiliate member in the CESifo Research Network. This year he presented his findings on financial technology to a wide audience, including at the G20 Conference and the 15th Annual Meeting of the Central Banks and Monetary Authorities of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. His work focuses on corporate finance, law and finance, crowd sourcing and behavioral science.