Aleš Berk Skok, PhD

Full Professor 

  • Academic Unit for Money and Finance (Regular Member)
  • Academic Unit for Management and Organisation (Associate Member)
Curriculum Vitae
Ales is finance professor at the University of Ljubljana/School of Economics and Business (SEB LU), responsible for Investments, Financial markets and institutions, Risk management and (Quantitative) Behavioral finance course. He obtained his PhD at University of Vienna back in 2007, after completing the VGSF/CCEFM doctoral programme. Ales mainly focuses his research on market anomalies, investment strategies (incl. ESG/Impact investing), risk management, Fintech and financial institutions - mainly pension funds and private equity funds. Apart from his academic life, Ales also co-founded project-driven business restructuring firm A.L.P.H.A. FINANCE Ltd., credit risk focused insurance brokerage ALPHA CREDO Ltd, and actively supports various start-up companies by building their consistent and sustainable funding strategy. Ales has rich experience based on his consultative, managerial and supervisory work undertaken for various financial institutions, non-financial firms, and public entities. He has contributed through various working groups by providing systemic legislative solutions in Slovenia and at EU-level (for financial markets, private pension system, etc.), and is a member of a number of professional associations (e.g., Global Association of Risk Professionals, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association and Slovenian Corporate Treasurers Association). Ales is an external expert for The Court of Audit of the Republic of Slovenia, President of the Settlement committee solving disputes in squeeze-outs at Ministry of Technologic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia and besides global CAIA and FRM designations, he also holds an insurance broker's licence from the Slovenian Insurance Supervision Agency (Agencija za zavarovalni nadzor). At the SEB LU, he currently serves as a member of the students affairs committee, is Program director of Master in Bank and Financial Managent program, coordinates GARP Academic partnership and CFA University Affiliation Program. Ales is also EACT Board member (European Association of Corporate Treasurers), and Board member of SCTA (Slovenian Corporate Treasurers Association).
Selected Research and Consulting Activities
  • Ales S. Berk, Dejan Podhraski
    Superiority of Monte Carlo Simulation in Valuing Real Options within Public-Private Partnerships
  • Risk Management (2018), Vol. 20, Iss. 1; Real Options, 18th Annual International Conference, Medellin - Colombia; July 23-26, 2014 (Research activities)
  • Gašper Smolič & Aleš S. Berk
    Value Investing within the Universe of S&P500 Equities
  • Economic and Business Review, 2017, Vol. 19, Iss. 3 (Research activities)
  • Ales S. Berk, Mark Cummins, Michael Dowling, Brian M. Lucey
    Psychological Price Barriers in Frontier Equities
  • Journal of International Financial Markets Institutions and Money, 2017, Vol. 49, Iss. C (Research activities)
  • Polona Peterle & Ales S. Berk
    IPO Cycles in Central and Eastern Europe: What Factors Drive IPO Activities?
  • Czech Journal of Economics and Finance, 2016, Vol. 66, No. 2 / Portuguese Finance Network: 8th Finance Conference, Vilamoura, June 16-18 2014; SSEM EuroConference 2014, Budapest, July 2014. (Research activities)
  • Ales S. Berk, Polona Peterle
    Initial and Long-run IPO Returns in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 2015, Volume 51, Issue S6; International Conference on Finance, Banking and Regulation, Brasilia - Brazil; July 16-18, 2014 (Research activities)
  • Marko Rikato, Aleš S. Berk
    Costliness of Placement Agents
  • Journal of Financial Services Research December 2015, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 263-287 (; 2013 Midwest Finance Association annual meeting, Chicago; 25th Australasian Finance & Banking Conference 2012, Sydney. (Research activities)
  • Ales S. Berk, Mitja Cok, Marko Kosak, Joze Sambt
    CEE Transition From PAYG to Private Pensions: Income Gaps and Asset Allocation
  • Czech Journal of Economics and Finance, 2013, Vol. 63, Issue 4 (Research activities)
  • Ales S. Berk, Mitja Cok, Marko Kosak and Joze Sambt
    The Role of Asset Allocation Decisions in Planning for a Private Pension: The Case of Slovenia
  • Economic and Business Review, 2013, Vol. 15, No.2, p. 79-112 (Research activities)
  • BERK SKOK Aleš, LONČARSKI Igor. Are Exogenous Requirements Sufficient Enough to Induce Corporate Risk Management Activities?

  • Post-Communist Economies, 2011, Vol. 23, No.1, p. 119-37. (Research activities)
    Naložbeni pokojninski skladi, dolgoročna vzdržnost javnih financ in finančna stabilnost v Sloveniji. Management, 2011, Vol. 6, No. 1, p. 61-83.
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  • Ales Berk Skok, Igor Loncarski & Matevz Skocir
    The Evolution of the Use of Derivatives in Slovenian Non-financial Firms in the Period 2004-2009
  • Contemporary Studies in Economic and Financial Analysis; Vol 94. (Research activities)
  • BERK SKOK Aleš, KAŠE Robert. Establishing the value of flexibility created by training: Applying real options methodology to a single HR practice. Organization science, May/Jun. 2010, vol. 21, no. 3, str. 765-780,
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  • BERK SKOK Aleš, PETERLIN Jožko, ČOK Mitja. Corporate risk management in Slovenian firms. Managing global transitions, fall 2009, vol. 7, no. 3, p. 281-306.
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  • ČOK Mitja, SAMBT Jože, BERK SKOK Aleš, KOŠAK Marko. Long-term sustainability of the Slovenian pension system. Economic and business review, Dec. 2008, vol. 10, no. 4, p. 271-288
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  • BERK SKOK Aleš. The role of capital market in determining capital structure: evidence from Slovenian public and private corporations. Acta oeconomica, June 2007, vol. 57, no. 2, p. 123-155
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  • BERK SKOK Aleš. The use of derivatives in Slovenian non-financial firms: is financial risk already well managed?. Zb. rad. Ekon. fak. Rij., 2006, vol. 24, sv. 2, str. 225-256.
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  • BERK SKOK Aleš. Determinants of leverage in Slovenian blue-chip firms and stock performance following substantial debt increases. Post-communist econ., Dec. 2006, vol. 18, no. 4, p. 479-494.
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  • BERK SKOK Aleš. Addressing the inability to pay and restructuring of financially distressed enterprises in Slovenia. Economic and business review, december 2003, vol. 5, n. 4, p. 255-283.
  • (Research activities)
  • Ales S. Berk
    Introducing the Third-Pillar into Slovenian Pension System
  • Working paper (Research activities)
  • Ales S. Berk
    Economic Importance of Benefits of Diversifying Pension Income: CEE vs. G7
  • working paper (Research activities)
  • Ales S. Berk, Dragan Jovanovic, Joze Sambt
    Initiate Deficits to Strengthen Public Finances: The Role of Private Pensions
  • Working paper (Research activities)
  • Ales S. Berk
    Cyclicality of Stock Returns: Measuring Outperformance of A Disciplined Tactical Asset-Allocator
  • Working paper (Research activities)
  • Gašper Smolič, Aleš S. Berk
    Comprehensive Value Investment Strategy Based on Mispriced S&P500 Stocks
  • Working paper (Research activities)
  • Full Bibliography of Published Articles (COBISS)
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