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Prof. Haitian LU
  • Director of Chinese Mainland Affairs Office of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Professor
LL.B, LL.M, Ph. D
PhD, Law
National University of Singapore
3400 2744
Research Area:
Law and Finance

Consulting, Research and Teaching Interests:
  • Corporate disclosure and governance
  • Entrepreneurial finance and Fintech
  • Law and Economics
  • Fintech

Prof. Haitian LU is a Professor in law and Finance at the School of Accounting and Finance. He is also the Director of Chinese Mainland Affairs Office of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also the deputy director of the Center for Economic Sustainability and Entrepreneurial Finance (CESEF) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prof. Lu obtained his Ph.D in law from National University of Singapore, Master of Law from Liverpool University and Bachelor of Law from Nanjing University. During January to June 2016 he was visiting research professor at New York University Stern School of Business. Prof. Lu’s teaching and research interest centers on the legal development, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibilities in Hong Kong and mainland China. He is the author / co-author of the books Secured Finance Law in China and Hong Kong (2010 Cambridge University Press), Truths and Half Truths: China’s Socio-Economic Reforms 1978-2010 (2011 Chandos Publishing), and The Role of China in Global Dirty Industry Migration (2008 Chandos Publishing). Prof. Lu published widely in law, finance, economics and management journals.


Prof. LU contributes to the academic and professional society by serving as Associate Editor of Journal of Financial Stability (SSCI), Associate Dean in Faculty of Business (2018-2020), and Associate Head in School of Accounting and Finance (2012-2017) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is the Vice-chairman of the Federation of Alumni Association of Chinese Colleges and Universities in Hong Kong (2018-present), Vice-chairman of Greater Bay Area Fintech Promotion Association Limited (2019-present) and Deputy-Director General of the Macau International Healthcare Think Tank (2019-). He was also the external subject reviewer for Tung Wah College, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Caritas Francis Hsu College; external expert member for PRC IQS Working Group of the Hong Kong Institute of Charted Secretaries (HKICS); external examiner for Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Public Accountant (HKICPA); judge panel member for the Best Corporate Governance Disclosure Award 2012-2017,; Academic Board Member of Asian Competition Forum (ACF), Vice-president of the Hong Kong Alumni Association of Nanjing University, etc.

Li X.Y., Lu H.T. and Hasan I., 2020. Harnessing Artificial Intelligence: Evidence from Online Marketplace Lending, (GSU-RFS Fintech conference)

Hasan I, He Q, and Lu H.T. 2020. The Impact of Social Capital on Economic Attitudes and Outcomes: A Literature Review and Chinese Evidence. (forthcoming) Journal of International Money and Finance.

Gu X., Hasan I, and Lu H.T. 2019. Corporate Misconduct and the Cost of Private Debt: Evidence from China. Comparative Economic Studies 61(3), 443-463.

Chen D.H., Jiang D.Q., Ljungqvist A., Lu H.T., and Zhou M.M. 2018. State Capitalism vs. Private Enterprise (AFA 2015, NBER Working Paper No. 20930, Revise and Resubmit to Journal of Finance) Available at SSRN:

Chen S., Meng W. and Lu H.T. 2018. Patent As Quality Signal in Entrepreneurial Finance: A Look Beneath the Surface. Asia Pacific Journal of Financial Studies 47, 1-26.

Lu H.T., Li D., and Lei Z. 2017. Regulating Frauds in Online Marketplace Lending: A Comparative Study on China and U.S. (California Management Review Conference 2016, Revise and Resubmit to Yale Law & Policy Review)

Hasan I., He Q., and Lu H.T. 2017. Stereotypes in Person-to-Person Lending: Evidence from Debt Crowdfunding. Available at SSRN:

Cheng C.S., Huang H., Lei Z., and Lu H.T. 2017. District Court Stringency and Firm Restatement Policy (AAA 2017, JAAF 2017, JIAR 2017, JCAE 2017, AsLEA 2016)

Song W.L., Lu. H.T., and Lei Z. 2017. Litigation Environments and Bank Lending: Evidence from Courts (CELSA 2017).

Lei Z., and Lu H.T. 2016. Foreign Portfolio Investment and Stock Price Synchronicity: Evidence from the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (FMA 2016). Available at SSRN:

Gu, X., Hasan, I., and Lu, H.T., 2016. Corporate Reputation in the Bond Market: Evidence from Lawsuits. (AFE 2017) Available at SSRN:

Lu H.T. 2016. The Legalization of Corporate Social Responsibility: Hong Kong Experience of ESG Reporting. Asia Pacific Law Review 24 (2) 123-48.

Lu H.T., Pan H.B. and Zhang C.Y. 2015, Political Connectedness and Court Outcomes: Evidence from Chinese Corporate Lawsuits, Journal of Law and Economics Vol. 58 No. 4, pp. 829-861. Available at:

Fu J.J. and Lu H.T., 2014. Structural Changes in the Chinese Stock Market: A Review of Empirical Research. China Accounting and Finance Review 16(2), 39-65

Tan Y., Huang H., and Lu H.T., 2013, The Effect of Venture Capitalist Investment: Evidence from China’s Small and Medium Enterprise Board, Journal of Small Business Management 51(1), 138-57

Ferdinand A. Gul, Lu H.T. 2011. Truths and Half Truths - China's Socio-Economic Reforms from 1979-2009, Chandos Publishing, Oxford, UK

Lu H.T. 2011, State Channeling of Social Grievances: Theory and Evidence from China, Hong Kong Law Journal 41(2), 547-72

Lu H.T., Tan Y., and Huang H., 2011, Why Do Venture Capital Firms Exist: A Rent Seeking Perspective and Chinese Evidence, Asia Pacific Journal of Management 28 (4) 1-16

Williams M., Lu H.T. and Ong C.A., 2010. Secured Finance Law in China and Hong Kong, Cambridge University Press

Lu H.T., Huang H., and Deva S. 2009. Unraveling the Puzzle of Differing Rates of FDI and FVCI in India and China, Asian Journal of Comparative Law 4(1) 207-36

LU H.T. 2008. The Role of China in Global Dirty Industry Migration, Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing, Oxford