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Nigel Finch

Nigel Finch

MCom (UNE), LLM (TJSL), MBA (Macq), PhD (Syd), Dip Fin Mkts (SIA), MFP, CA, CTA, FCPA, FFin, FTIA, FAICD
Associate Dean (Undergraduate); Director of Admissions; Associate Professor

Rm 537
H69 - Economics and Business Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 4616
Fax +61 2 8080 8381


Nigel Finch is Associate Dean (Undergraduate) at The University of Sydney Business School, Director of Admissions, Associate Professor of Accounting and a member of the Business School Executive Committee.

His academic qualifications include degrees in accounting, business and law and a doctorate in business law. His professional qualifications include membership of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He is also a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, the Taxation Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and CPA Australia.

His principal areas of research and teaching include financial reporting, financial performance measurement and the valuation and impairment of assets. He is a co-author of Fundamentals of Corporate Finance (Pearson, 2010), Best Practices in Management Accounting (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Contemporary Issues in Mining: Leading Practice in Australia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

He is currently engaged in international research and technical assistance programs aimed at improving public sector performance in Mongolia and improving SME development in emerging South East Asian nations. He is a member of the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre and the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and he has considerable experience in the areas of mining and economic development in Asian and emerging economies.

Dr Nigel Finch is a Certified Practising Accountant, a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Tax Adviser and an adviser to several businesses and industry groups in Australia and Asia. He is a member of the Business Council of Mongolia, a founding director of Australia Mongolia Business Council Limited, a member of CPA Australia's International Advisory Committee and an associate director at corporate advisory firm Beerworth + Partners.

Editorial Boards


  • Asian Journal of Finance & Accounting
  • The Journal of Theoretical Accounting Research
  • The Journal of Law and Financial Management
  • Managerial Auditing Journal
  • Journal of Intellectual Capital
  • Australian Accounting Review

Newsroom articles

  • Sizing up the energy giants 25 Feb 2014

    Democratic Voice of Burma

    Associate Professor Nigel Finch was interviewed on the economic development in Southeast Asia.

  • Myanmar suffers from the curse of the Jade Scorpion 27 Sep 2013

    Australian Financial Review

    Issues caused by the mining of Myanmar's vast jade resources.

  • Overseas companies may re-think investment 02 Sep 2013

    ABC Radio 702 Sydney

    ABC 702 Sydney interviewed Associate Professor Nigel Finch, Business School, who said overseas companies may now think twice about investing in Australian mining, after the corruption findings yesterday against former Labor minister Ian Macdonald.

  • Proven franchise ideas can help SMEs 21 Aug 2013

    The Bangkok Post

    The Bangkok Post has published an op-ed by Associate Professor Nigel Finch on the need for ASEAN to promote proven franchise models to avoid failing on its SME development objectives.

  • Franchise model ideal for ASEAN - Analysis 05 Aug 2013

    The Myanmar Times

    The Myanmar Times has published an op-ed by Dr Nigel Finch on the need for ASEAN to promote proven franchise models to avoid failing on its SME development objectives.

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Research Grants


Country and Regional Initiatives for SME Franchise Policy Formulation and Franchise Development in ASEAN

The Activity objective is to support and encourage the orderly development of franchising, thereby promoting the growth of SMEs in Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia. Specifically, the Activity aims to: 1) develop appropriate policy measures to encourage SME franchise development within the specified ASEAN countries; 2) develop guidelines to encourage inter-ASEAN franchising through a regional strategy; and 3) build capabilities within each of the specified ASEAN countries to support the institutional, regulatory, financial and operational frameworks necessary to promote, develop and sustain intra- and inter-country franchising.

AusAID Public Sector Linkage Program


Enhancing sustainable economic growth by improving transparency and accountability in the Mongolia

The project aims to enhance sustainable economic growth in Mongolia by improving transparency and accountability in the country's public sectors, especially those operating in the extractive, mining services and agricultural sectors of the economy. Specifically, the project aims to: 1) build the capabilities of individual regulators and their institutions in the areas of financial and non-financial disclosures; 2); develop a locally contextualised best-practice framework for disclosure by public institutions designed to improve the transparency of key public institutions and their operations; and 3) design systems for the aggregation and dissemination of public sector performance that conform with international best-practice.

AusAID Public Sector Linkage Program

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Research Expertise

  • Financial Reporting and Financial Statement Analysis
  • Debt and Equity Funding in Emerging Markets
  • Asset and Security Valuation
  • Goodwill Impairment Testing
  • Corporate Finance

Recent Units Taught


The Master of Management program at the University of Sydney Business School

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Dr Nigel Finch discusses the Resources Super Profit Tax

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Dr Nigel Finch talks about the Financial Management module in the MBA program.

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Dr Nigel Finch discusses the implication of the Gillard government's carbon price and how it will affect consumers.

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