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Written on July 23, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

The winning team WKN Partners with Paris de l’Etraz

In today’s new businesses’ boiling pot, recognizing valuable ventures is a thrilling adventure. We at the Finance and Capital Markets Club know that great cocktails are about not only high quality ingredients but also coming up with a smart mix. In a same way, half science and half art, M&A are the recipes in the business’ World.

Before a well deserved Summer break, the IE Finance and Capital Markets Club in a joined effort with IE Entrepreneurship Club, IE Private Equity and Venture Capital Club and Paris de l’Etraz – Managing Director IE Venture Lab – organized the M&A Origination Competition.

Over the course of past 4 weeks, 12 teams had the opportunity to build up a variety of innovative M&A propositions. On Thursday July 12th, this process culminated with a round of final presentations in Aula Magna in front of a jury comprising seasoned investment professionals Alberto Sparrow, Pablo Gallo, Demetrio Arias, Jorge Montes and Olaf Díaz-Pintado.

All the 12 teams presented strong cases covering a wide spectrum of industries: clean energy, e-commerce, insurtech and food delivery among others. Some brought in their unique insights from previous experience with the industry of choice and some other teams went for a completely new one, seizing the opportunity to develop in just one month an in-depth understanding of a new business area. All of this to come up with lucrative investment opportunities.

One presentation to rule them all:

WKN Partners stood out both in terms of size and proposition – the biggest team in the competition, exploring several disruptive ideas. The team comprised 6 MiM students: Joaquín Alonso Lluch, Rainer Koch, Arthur Marandon, Gregorio Margotto, Antoine Moyroud, Marnik Willems, covering innovative topics at the intersection of insect farming and aquaculture, bringing also to picture student housing.

Their first proposal addressed the large scale problem of food scarcity as world population keeps growing and traditional farming can’t keep up with the pace of it’s growth. WKN Partners identified the potential solution by bringing together insect farming and aquaculture. Insects are currently the most sustainable resource for farmers, so insect farming could potentially answer both the agricultural challenge faced by the world and the serious limit faced by the fishing industry: today’s fisheries are getting pushed over the biological limits and they are constant reports of oceans running out of fish in the near future. For this reason this particular intersection of the industries has a huge growth potential, so it would be a very strong strategic investment.

In a second part WKN partners analyzed rising demand in student housing worldwide. Taking a closer look at the Spanish housing market, WKN identified several potential targets for real estate companies, that could address the need for high quality student housing.

First running up team integrated by Can Olger, Marjolaine Mandagot and Evan Linker presented a highly relevant case tackling renewable energy. The second runner ups Nnamdi Ehirim, Achille Fankem and Meredith Hayward chose African gas as business area for their investment opportunity.

From the Finance and Capital Markets Club we want to thank all the participants for their effort and interesting insights, all the members of the jury and the mentors for their assistance. Of course, also to all the collaborators and IE community members who made this happen.

We wish you an amazing Summer. See you again in September to keep up with Finance and Capital Markets!


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.


Private Equity in Latam – A boardroom discussion

Written on June 23, 2017 by Campus Life in Professional

The IE Finance Capital Markets Club together with the IE Venture Capital & Private Equity Club organised a board discussion on Private Equity in Latam. The clubs invited two experienced private equity professionals (and members of the IE community!) to share their perspectives on investing in Latam, with a focus on Argentina and Colombia.

Amid the growing importance of the Latam market including significant fund-raising activity, the event provided direct access to insights on key investment trends in the region. The speakers, Matias O’Farrell and José Luis Cabal, each have more than a decade of private equity and investment banking experience in Latam.

–  Matias is an IE alumnus currently working in Argentina at Amancay Partners, a Latam PE firm. He was previously CFO of VARIV Capital, an investment firm based in Mexico

–  José is a former investment Vice President and Partner of Teka Capital, a mid-market PE firm based in Colombia. He is currently pursuing an MBA at IE Business School, where he is a Board member of the IE VC & PE Club.


The Finance and Capital Markets Club had the pleasure of receiving Banco Santander at IE to discuss the changes in the banking industry post financial crisis.

After the financial crisis in 2008, financial institutions have been suffering drastic changes due to the regulatory adjustments within the industry.

In a constantly changing environment it is of strategic importance that banks adapt their businesses to higher capital requirements, low interest rates, the internet era and the new banking landscape. It is undeniable that keeping up with regulatory changes and responding to supervisory requests has been a challenge for European institutions, specially during the post crisis years. Santander, is a pioneer in the development of a specific unit to manage and implement projects of regulatory tenure.

Gianluca Vidili, Director of the Regulatory Projects Control and Coordination unit, explained how the financial crisis originated, how the market and regulators responded to the crisis and how Santander tackles the challenges of the new regulatory environment in order to focus on their main business goals.

It was a great pleasure to receive Gianluca Vidili, from Santander, at IE.

Agustina Carrasco

IE Finance and Capital Markets Club

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