Fintech and the Future of Finance

Written on May 22, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

On May 16, the IE Finance and Capital Markets Club hosted a conference titled “Fintech and the Future of Finance,” featuring three speakers, all leaders in the fintech industry in Spain, who spoke about their firms and how they are changing the way finance and banking are done. Grégoire de Lestapis presented on behalf of Lendix, the first European platform for business loans. Mr. Lestapis was previously General Director of BBVA in France. Unai Ansejo, PhD, CFA presented on behalf of Indexa Capital, the leading automated asset manager in Spain. Francisco Sierra presented on behalf of N26, a groundbreaking Berlin-based mobile bank. Mr. Sierra also presented the winners of the N26 Fintech Case Competition with their award. The case competition was organized by the club in cooperation with N26 staff in Germany, and challenged student teams to analyze the customer signup process at N26 and recommend improvements. Six teams submitted solutions. The winning team also presented their solution. All this was followed by a cocktail hour, sponsored by IE Campus Life and IE Career Services, where attendees enjoyed networking with the three speakers and members of IE’s staff.


The Global Inclusion Seminar 2018

Written on May 21, 2018 by Campus Life in IE Stories, Professional

The IE Europe and Talent and Careers travelled to the Global Inclusion Seminar 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland last month, aimed at getting closer to employers who are actively looking to recruit LGBT professionals, and to talk about IE’s master programs.

The Global Inclusion Seminar is a unique event where C-Suite executives, global thought leaders, academics and everyday practitioners will come together to share and learn new perspectives, models and strategic approaches towards creating and building organisations that truly embrace inclusiveness and diversity.

The IE Delegation comprised of Joel McConnell (Director for Europe and Central Asia (International Development Department) and William Gaber – Global Director of Recruiter Relations (Talent and Careers Department). IE also featured Sarah Finegan a current IMBA student who has been actively engaged with D&I initiatives at Goldman Sachs before coming to IE Business School.

The school met with top companies that are looking to recruit MBA graduates, engage with inclusion initiatives at IE, and co-fund scholarships for future students. Joel and I took to the stage and presented for 30 minutes on “Business School’s fast-tracking access to top talent”.

The conference presentations looked at diversity and inclusion from many perspectives. Some interesting ones of note were:

1)      Uta Menges from IBM (Generational Inclusion)

2)      Rachel Osikoya

from Maersk (Leadership Reflecting Customer Base and Workforce)

3)      David King from AirBnB (Inclusion in the Sharing Economy)

4)      Richard Spada from Novartis (Idea of Nudges for Change)

5)      Kristin Anderson from Barilla (Inclusion and Corporate Reputation

By Sarah Finegan, IE International MBA student



2018 London Private Equity Trek.

Written on May 11, 2018 by Campus Life in Other Activities, Professional

On April 26th and 27th, the IE Private Equity and Venture Capital Club was hosting 10 current Master in Finance, Master in Advanced Finance and MBA students in London for the 2018 London Private Equity Trek.

The Private Equity club has arranged meetings with Aurelius, Bain & Company, Macquarie Capital, LCM Partners, XIO Group and Raine Group, in addition to meetings with KEA and PER two of the most prestigious private equity recruiting firms in London. The Private Equity club organizes two London Treks per year to present opportunities to current students. To be selected for the trip, there is an application and selection process to select the most talented candidates. This year’s class includes 10 candidates with eight nationalities who have or will work for various investment banks, consulting and asset management firms, such as JP Morgan, RBC Capital Markets, Edmond de Rothschild, Société Générale, SwissRe, Perron & Partners and other candidates are self-made entrepreneurs. Besides the office visits, the club was hosting networking drinks for the group, along with a group of alumni and prospective students in London.

Marvin Müller and Saber Rad, the current co-presidents of the private equity club, launched the first trip in fall of 2017. The new network opened selected student the opportunity to interview with private equity firms and for Saber to secure a position at a top 10 global investment bank: “The trip changed my perspective about world of Private Equity and I want to do anything I can to pursue a career in Private Equity, even if it means working 100+ hours a week at an investment bank to gain the necessary skills”.

The Private Equity Club strives to create a network for IE Business School students in London and build relationships with prestigious firms to create career opportunities upon graduation. The alumni network within the PE Club is strong, and some have joined firms such as BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, RBC Capital Markets, Macquarie, 3i Group, and many more.

Leopold Dumont, current MIF student, says: “This trip reinforced my willingness to work in the Private Equity Industry. It enabled to know more about the career path to follow in order to break into this ever-challenging industry”

Felix Herrneder, current MIAF student says: “The trip was a great opportunity to get in touch with a variety of people from the PE industry in London. The carefully selected set of companies we visited comprised classic PE funds along with a corporate VC fund, an infrastructure fund as well as the PE arm of a leading strategy consultancy and a headhunter focused on PE recruiting. Hence, the trip did not only extend my network, it gave me also a better understanding of how the PE market works.”

This is neither the first, nor the last event of the club. Previous events included e.g. a LBO modeling workshops, the 1st prize in the LSE alternative investment conference in London, joining the Wharton Buyout Competition in New York and having many interesting talks including e.g. a panel on the topic “more than just an app” on IE’s venture day with the founder of Goiko Grill and Cemex Ventures, as well as discussions panels and talks of professionals from many renowned private equity firms such as KKR, Blackstone, 3i, Aurelius, Trilantic Capital, Capital Group, etc. The next event to watch is the IE Private Equity Day with great speakers from firms such as Goldman Sachs, HIG Capital, Kibo Ventures, Axon Ventures.

For further reference:
– LinkedIn presence: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ie-private-equity-venture-capital-club/
– PE Trip 2017: http://news.finance-masters.ie.edu/2017/11/vcpe-club-launches-first-ies-private-equity-trek-to-london/

About Marvin Mueller: https://www.linkedin.com/in/msmueller/

Marvin is a current master’s in finance student and leading the private equity & venture capital club at IE Business School. He is equipped with the latest knowledge in areas of finance and chose the corporate finance & private equity specialization, including modules such as turnaround strategies, private equity & corporate analytics, entrepreneurship through acquisition, high yield & leveraged finance, strategy & finance, fintech business models & valuation.

Marvin will start as an Investment Banking Analyst with JP Morgan London upon graduation and previously worked with 3i Group, Lazard, Société Generals and ODDO BHF. He was studying in the UK & Germany and holds two bachelor degrees, one in International Accounting & Finance and another in Banking & Finance.


IE Private Equity Day

Written on May 11, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

On May 10th,the IE Private Equity & Venture Capital Club organised the inaugural “IE PRIVATE EQUITY DAY”, a flagship event of the Private Equity Club in collaboration with IE Business School and IE Career Services. The event kicked off with a key note of Alejo Vidal-Quadras, the Head of KKR Madrid, followed by a discussion panel on “special situations investment”, a second panel on “technology impact on PE & VC” and a networking event. The Speakers for this event included;
  • Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Head of KKR Madrid
  • Leopoldo Reaño, H.I.G. Capital, Principal
  • Federico Fruhbeck, Vinson&Elkins, Partner, M&A and Capital Markets
  • Carles Pol, Executive Directors, Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group
  • Alfonso de Léon, CEO Axon Partners Group, Co-Founder of Axon Capital, Spain
  • Juan López, Principal, Kibo Ventures, Spain
  • Paris de L’Etraz, Managing Director of IE Venture Lab

More than 100 students & professionals attended the event including Master in (Advanced) Finance, Master in Management, International MBA and undergraduate students. Marvin Müller and Saber Rad, the current co-presidents of the private equity club, launched this as one of many initiatives to increase the relationships in the industry, including LBO modeling workshops, the 1st prize in the DCF Challenge of the LSE Alternative Investment Conference in London, the Wharton Buyout Competition in New York and having many interesting talks including e.g. a panel on the topic “more than just an app” on IE’s venture day with the founder of Goiko Grill and Cemex Ventures, as well as discussions panels and talks of professionals with experience at many renowned private equity firms such as KKR, Blackstone, 3i, Bain, Macquarie, Aurelius, Trilantic Capital, Capital Group.


How to Deal With Exam Stress

Written on May 10, 2018 by Campus Life in Other Activities

Every student who aims to become a high-achiever will experience exam stress. It’s an unavoidable part of student life that can be a tough nut to crack. Remember, stress exists for a reason and you can choose to let it be your downfall or use it to drive you to improve your work.

To combat exam stress, firstly you need to understand the reasons behind this heightened anxiety. Then you can establish methods to reduce the pressures you feel

Outlined below are some unexpected ways that you can put those negative feelings to one side and concentrate on your learning goals. If you’re not stuck for inspiration at this moment (maybe you’re procrastinating by reading this?), you may be looking for this advice before your exams so take note!

1. Listen to Classical Music
Listening to music can create a positive and productive environment by elevating your mood and encouraging you to study more effectively and for longer. Classical music is recommended as the best type of music to boost your brain power but ambient music can work too. Check out the playlists on Spotify to easily find what works for you.

2. Take a Quick Walk
Many students feel as if they should spend their entire time before exams with their books open and their pen poised for action. However, research has proven that exercising such as taking a walk can boost your memory and brain power.

3. Plan your Study Routine
This may not be a big surprise but what is shocking is the amount of students who discount the benefits of creating a personal study plan. With some initial effort, you can become more productive and motivated each day you approach your study by understanding your learning progress. If you’re using our learning platform, the GoConqr calendar tool will help you align your goals with your day-to-day study, get started here.

4. Try to Get Enough Sleep
For some people, this is something that’s always put on the long finger especially if you are trying to get the most out of college life. The benefits of a proper night’s sleep can never be underestimated. Most importantly, sleep helps your brain to assimilate new knowledge into your long-term memory so that you can recall it when it comes to test day. Anyone who has tried to concentrate with half a night’s sleep can also testify to improved focus with better sleep.

5. Give Your Mind Space
Meditation is one of the most effective ways to take a break and see your stress from a different perspective. Practicing meditation is another way to maintain focus while improving both mental and physical health to reduce pre-exam stress.

6. Eating Dark Chocolate
Believe it or not this is 100% true. Eating dark chocolate which is over 70% cocoa fights the exam stress hormone cortisol and has an overall relaxing effect on the body. Plus chocolate releases endorphins which act as a natural stress fighter.

7. Let it All Out
Sometimes you just need to talk to someone, other times you need to shout it from the rooftop or scream from the top of your lungs. Figure out what you’re feeling and then let it out. Speaking to a family member or friend can highlight the bigger picture for you and empower you to rise above the exam stress.

8.Take frequent breaks.
According to psychology studies, the average human brain can only focus on one task effectively for about 45 minutes. In addition, research in neuroscience suggests that focusing on the same thing for too long diminishes the brain’s ability to accurately process it.

9. Break Free from Distractions
I bet you don’t even realise the number of times you check Facebook, Instagram or whatever your vice is? When you add it all up together, it amounts to a significant waste of time. It can be hard to detach from your life outside of studying but keeping the end goal and timeframe in mind will ease the process. We recommend the SelfControl website blocker.

10. Eat wisely
Healthy eating is a mandatory part of exam time.
When you eat unhealthy foods it can make you feel negative, which can interfere with your exam preparation. Therefore, it is important to eat right if you want to have the best odds of doing well in your exam. Avoid, too much sugar and fats as they will make you feel lazy. Include fibre, fruits and nuts in your diet instead of chips, nachos and munchkins.

Words from the Infirmary
by Guillermo Parrondo

Leyden, A.(2015, April 22). How to Beat Exam Stress in 10 Easy Ways. Retrieved from https://www.goconqr.com/en/examtime/blog/beat-exam-stress-10-easy-ways/
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