THE IE’S FINANCE CLUB CONTINUES ITS PROLIFIC STREAK OF HIGH VALUE EVENTS WITH THIS YEAR’S HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL INVESTMENT BANKING DAY
The Dean opens the session moderated by Arpad Von Lazar and the other speakers:Friedrich-Wilhelm Göbel, Roger Ramos, Ignacio de la Torre and Agustín Mariani
Fortis  and the IE Finance Club offer students the unique opportunity to discover the realities and current trends in the world of Investment Banking and Corporate Finance through the expert opinion of some of Europe’s most reputable bankers.
Madrid, Spain (June 25th, 2007) – With an agenda packed with activities ranging from area specific workshops to networking opportunities, this year’s Investment Banking Day brought together some of the best investment bankers Europe has to offer, with a large number of investment banking hopefuls from the IE’s master degree programs for what some called – the best Finance Club event so far.
Damián Rubianes in his workshop, and in the cocktail with Friedrich-Wilhelm Göbel
Adding to their already prolific list of events conducted during the 2007 academic year, the Finance Club’s Investment Banking Day started off with three separate workshop sessions covering the topics of Structures Credit Sales, the M&A Process and Private Placements (an alternative to an IPO). Once the group reconvened at the IE’s Aula Magna, the panel of reputable investment bankers participating in the event conducted a conference highlighted by insightful discussions on trends involving M&A boutiques and the corporate derivatives market, issues dealing with China, credit cycles and implied risks reflected in the financial markets, as well as matters concerning the consolidation of the European financial system. Professor Arpad Von Lazar, member of the International Advisory Board of the Instituto de Empresa, moderated this part of the event.
The event’s main sponsor for the third year in a row was Fortis, one of Europe’s top 20 financial institutions. Representing Fortis in the event were Roger Ramos (Head of Merchant Banking in Spain) and Damián Rubianes (Cum Laude alumni of Instituto de Empresa and Associate Director of Fortis Investment Banking). Mr. Ramos’ valuable contributions to the event were backed by his excellent experience in M&A transactions that have reached a collective value of €30 billion. To the same extent, the contributions made by Mr. Rubianes, who boasts an impressive track record with tenures at JP Morgan and senior roles at Ernst & Young’s Corporate Finance M&A Advisory and Valuation group, were of great value for the participants. Present at the event were other experts in the field of investment banking from leading institutions such as ABN Amro, Bank of America, Santander, UBS and Viscardi Group.. 
Only one year ago Denis Francis was here organising the IBD. Today he is coming from London with the Bank of America to share knowlege and to recruit
After the event, the representatives from Fortis provided the following comments – “We are delighted to sponsor the Investment Banking Day of IE’s Finance Club. These bold and self-motivated students have shaped a challenging initiative into a long-established event that gathers future business leaders with top global investment banks in a thought-provoking atmosphere.”
The organizers of the event were Miroslav Toshkin, Sandy Samaan, Federico María Giraldi, Svetlana Lenivkina and Joaquín Ruiz Tarré, all IMBA07 and coordinators of the Finance Club. They both were tremendously grateful to Fortis for their sponsorship and support, which were key to making the event possible. Moreover, they were both elated at the feedback provided by some audience members who approached them with nothing but positive comments about the event.
Almost all members of the Finance club co-ordination team with Damián Rubianes
About the IE Finance Club
The IE Finance Club is a student run organization that aims to help IE students learn about careers within the finance industry. The club hosts a number of events throughout the academic year, which are conceptualized and organized by its more than 45 members who are divided into several teams (e.g. education session, private equity, private banking, investment banking and stock market competition).
About Instituto de Empresa
IE Business School is a leading business school recognized as being among the top 15 business schools worldwide, oriented to training entrepreneurs and company directors through its masters and executive education programs. IE Business School is characterized by its global approach, its spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, the development of applied research projects, and the promotion of socially responsible initiatives. Instituto de Empresa currently has a network of 35,000 alumni that hold management positions in 85 countries.