Master's Programme in Banking and Finance

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BANKS IN TURMOIL - The Ides of March 2023 The Downfall of Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse

The event took place on Monday, 27 March 2023 13.30 CET.


The link to the record of the presentation and Q&A session:


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Since early March 2023, several banks have collapsed and were subsequently supported by financialback-stop tools or third-party competitors. Among others, in the US, the most notable case was SiliconValley Bank, in Europe Credit Suisse.


We will look at both cases, aiming to answer the questions:
- What actually happened?
- Why did it happen?
- What lessons can be learned?

For more than three decades, Christian Schopper (www.christianschopper.com), Founder Partner of
Corporate Finance Central Europe - CorpFinCE (www.corpfince.com) – has focused on Corporate Finance,
M&A and LBOs across German-speaking Europe, the CEE, and the CIS. - He worked among others with
Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, whereby he coordinated the respective firms ́ efforts across Emerging
Europe and Russia.
Since 1990, he has been member of various visiting faculties for Corporate Finance,
Capital Markets and Banking, such as at the University of Vienna, the University of
Graz, the Central European University, or till 2019 in Moscow at the Higher School
of Economics or the New Economic School.
Mr. Schopper holds a Doctorate in Laws and a Doctorate in Economics, both from
the University of Vienna, and an MBA from IMD, Lausanne.


New admission requirements for the master's programme in Banking and Finance from the academic year 2022/23

Applicants for admission have to prove the following knowledge and qualifications as qualitative admission requirements:

  1. Prior training in the fields of business administration, economics, mathematics and statistics comprising 30 ECTS credits, of which at least 8 ECTS credits must have been acquired in courses in mathematics and statistics.
  2. Command of English corresponding to at least the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Regarding the proof of the language level the regulations of the University of Vienna apply.
  3. Achivement of at least within the previous two years.

Graduates from the following bachelor's degree programmes at the University of Vienna fulfill the qualitative admission requirements in item 1:

  • Business Administration
  • Business Informatics
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • International Business Administration
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

The requirements in item 1 are also fulfilled by completing the extension curricula

  • Basics of Economics
  • Quantitative Basics of Economics

at the University of Vienna.


Brown Bag Seminar: Upcoming Presentations

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29 May 2024 - Matthijs Breugem, Collegio Carlo Alberto; 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Seminar Room 3, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1.


5 June 2024 - Jan Starmans, Stockholm School of Economics; 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Seminar Room 3, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1.



Students of the master's program Banking and Finance are welcome to attend the seminar! 




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