IE’s M&A competition

Written on October 29, 2018 by Campus Life in IE Stories

The Finance and Capital Markets Club partnered together with the Venture Lab, Entrepreneurship and PEVC clubs to make an IE-wide student competition possible. The ongoing 2018 fall edition has united more than 300 participants over the two first sessions, gathering more than 60 competing teams working in a broad spectrum of innovative areas such as technology, insurance, and water treatment, among many others. As a club, we feel proud in witnessing such diversity in areas of interest: it demonstrates how committed the IE community is to creating value through innovation in impactful business proposals. Across the scope of initiatives we lead at the Finance and Capital Markets Club, the M&A competition particularly has the ability to create a tangible impact on the world.

Getting to meet WKN partners

We had the opportunity to speak with WKN partners. After winning the 2018 spring edition of the M&A competition, they decided to continue working on their proposal in order

to make it a real-life project. With this goal in mind and after shortlisting candidates for the project, WKN partners chose a company to work with towards the M&A transaction. They continued conversations, and both parties signed an NDA to facilitate the exchange of the required financial and corporate information to proceed with an accurate company valuation. Among other sets of documents, the valuation process requires the company under assessment to provide sensitive financial projections that WKN partners are using for their in-house evaluation. After carrying out this examination, WKN partners will be ready to have a quantitative assessment on how much the company is worth.

This information is going to serve as basis for a comparative analysis with respect to similar industry companies, and upon agreement on a valuation figure, for proceeding forth in raising capital. According to their latest analysis, WKN partners would be looking to raise €5 million for their M&A fund and start the search for buyers.

Coming sessions are scheduled at Area 31 for November 12th and 20th, starting at 7pm. We look forward to meeting you there!

Blog post by IE student: Alfonso Muñoz-Acevedo


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