«Future challenges in investment banking» was the theme of the first edition of the Investment Banking Day on 8 June. Duarte Gaia dos Santos, Franka Schäffler, Harald Wilke, Ignacio Martínez Sánchez, Jerónimo Eduardo del Villar Zamacona, Laurence Van Lancker, Marc Clapasson, Manfred Hick, Sergio Iardella, Susan Luff and Rita Valerio, all IMBA 2005 members of the Instituto de Empresa Finance Club, organised this highly successful event with the support of our Careers Management Centre.
The Investment Banking Day was a major opportunity for students and alumni to meet top executives of leading investment banks, gain a better understanding of investment careers, and discuss current industry trends and short-term perspectives. The initiative enjoyed great success, bringing together more than 150 attendees for a series of extremely participative and interactive seminars and workshops, as well as for two panel discussions introduced and moderated by IE faculty members.
Offered by the participating banks, different workshops covered topics such as «Public to Private (P2P) operations» and «Maximizing the value in an IPO process with independent advisors», as well as discussions about real cases. All attendees gained a privileged insight into various interesting industry features.
Jorge Vasallo, Joaquín Valencia and Alfredo Fernández, Managing Directors of, respectively, ABN Amro, JP Morgan and UBS Investment Bank, joined José Mario Álvarez de Novales, Associate General Director of Instituto de Empresa, in an open discussion panel. Francisco J. López Lubián, Director of the Finance Department of Instituto de Empresa, moderated the debate.
The speakers underlined that the best candidates for careers in the industry should have both a global understanding and local technical knowledge to help select the best investment strategy for a client. Furthermore, they pointed out that having impeccable social skills is another key to success.
The second panel discussion, «Future challenges of the investment banking sector», was presented and conducted by Gonzalo Chávez Negrete, Professor of Finance at Instituto de Empresa. It brought together Roger Ramos, Ignacio Álvarez-Rendueles, Juan Gich -respective Managing Directors of Fortis Bank, Goldman Sachs Spain and Lehman Brothers -, Ignacio Muñoz Alonso, Chief Executive Officer of Rothschild Spain, and José Mario Álvarez de Novales.