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Sauder Professor Kai Li has been recognized as one of the top researchers at the University of British Columbia, earning a UBC Killam Research Prize in the Arts & Humanities Senior Category.

Li, the W.M. Young Chair in Finance, is noted for her research into topics including corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. In one recent study, she found that female directors get better deals in mergers and acquisitions; the study was featured in TIME Magazine, The Guardian and the Harvard Business Review. She is currently investigating how women’s higher propensity to seek advice impacts mergers and acquisitions.

Another forthcoming study finds that firms with slow patent development often become targets of acquisitions, while companies with plenty of patents but low R&D expenses do much of the acquiring.

Li was selected by UBC’s Faculty Research Award Committee for her outstanding research and scholarly contributions.