On April 07, 2014, the club organized “An Insight into Recent Tech Valuations – Dot Com 2.0?” held at MM 202, María de Molina 31. As the distinguished speaker, we had Francisco J. López Lubián , professor and former director of the area of finance at IE. With thirty years of experience in teaching, he has been associated with Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and IESE. He combined this teaching career with an intense career in business as a financial analyst at Hewlett-Packard, controller for the Sarrió Group, financial director for Sarrió Tisú and general financial director for the Isolux Group.
Professor López Lubián regularly contributes to leading newspapers, including Financial Times, and for the last five years has collaborated with Actualidad Económica journal and Expansión newspaper to publish the ranking of value creation for the shareholder.
With his wealth of experience in the financial industry, Prof. Lopez shared his opinion about the recent mind-boggling news from the tech sector. Facebook and Twitter’s IPO, the $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, tech stock trading at astonishingly high multiples – he shed light on these indications as another possible tech bubble (DotCom 2.0).
One of the most intriguing aspect of the event was how coherently Prof. Lopez explained the Facebook’s recent acquisition of WhatsApp, and eventually providing his view on the blockbuster transaction. He spoke about the valuation issues that posed different challenges for Facebook, the type of assumptions used for the valuation, and more than anything else, the future outlook for the combined companies.
At the end, there was an interesting Q&A session, where Prof. Lopez answered questions from the audience regarding the transaction.
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