A lo largo de mis diez años de carrera profesional siempre había desempeñado funciones relacionadas con la auditoría/consultoría, consolidación y reporting financiero en multinacionales. En las grandes empresas, los profesionales tienden a encasillarse en un área o función concreta, como fue mi caso. Para aspirar a ocupar el puesto de Director Financiero en una empresa de grandes dimensiones es necesario además de dominar la rama contable, hacerlo también con la rama financiera, el control de gestión y desarrollar habilidades directivas.


Además de suponer un salto cualitativo en mi currículum, y de ponerme en contacto con profesionales muy cualificados del sector, el Executive Master in Finance me ha proporcionado las habilidades y conocimientos necesarios para poder dar un giro en mi carrera profesional tras haber sido seleccionado, días después de acabar el programa, para ejercer el cargo de Controller en Financial Planning and Analysis en una cotizada del IBEX 35.

Fdo. Miguel Ángel Martínez Blázquez


Investing in a Master in Finance

By: Profesores IE | 01 de July de 2014

Ignacio de la Torre - Academic Director of the Master in Finance, IE Business School

Key success factors of a high quality Master in Finance;

1 – SELECTION OF STUDENTS. IE requires a minimum GMAT of 610 OR CFA Level I OR CAIA for candidates to just start the admissions process.
2 - DIVERSITY, 28 + nationalities on the same class
3 – CURRICULUM. Academically you need to be updated to market trends. (microfinance to erradicate poverty, bond issuance etc)
4 -  FACULTY, 92 professors, 85% are practitioners from Investment Banking and Capital Markets

If you want to reflect, “If you believe education is expensive, try ignorance”


Ignacio de la Torre, director académico en IE, nos habla sobre cómo los Masters in Finance se han convertido en una importante ventaja competitiva para aquellos que quieren desarrollar su carrera profesional en el mundo de las finanzas. Además, analiza como factor clave que el cuerpo docente esté compuesto en su mayoría por profesionales en activo que conjugan su trayectoria en el mundo de las finanzas con el profesorado.

Ignacio de la Torre es Director Académico de los Masters de Finanzas del IE (http://www.ie.edu/business-school/degrees/masters-finance). Tiene diez años de experiencia en diversos campos de la banca de inversión y muy diversos campos de estudio.

Ha escrito sobre diversos temas como Ingeniería Financiera, que profundiza sobre los escándalos contables acaecidos en el periodo 1999-2004, y sus relaciones con los mercados de capitales;  Los Templarios y el Origen de la Banca (Dilema, 2004) sobre las actividades bancarias de Los Caballeros Templarios durante el siglo XIII, un paso clave en el estudio del origen de la banca; y ha publicado también un libro que trata de los orígenes del Islamismo.

IE Business School, regarded as one of the world’s leading business schools by internationally renowned education rankings such as the Financial Times, The Economist and The Wall Street Journal, would like to invite you to the next Virtual Master Class hosted by Dan Liebau. 

This master class is part of a series that will focus on current financial topics with the aim of giving prospective candidates who cannot visit our Madrid campus the opportunity to experience a finance class at IE. 

Finance Virtual Master Class 
Wednesday, July 9, 12:00pm *Local Madrid time
*Click here to find your local time
Dan Liebau
Entrepreneur, Former Head of GB&MIT / COO HSBC Securities (Singapore)
ABOUT THE EVENT During the past 15 years, global equity markets went through a complete transformation. The open outcry market places were replaced by electronic platforms that are now able to process millions of orders and traders in microseconds. This Virtual Master Class will give an overview of the current equity market structure and will cover some of the more recent challenges such as high frequency trading, dark pools and a critical discussion of the value to the investor. 


Dan is currently in the process of setting up his own business in Hong Kong catering to the innovation needs of both investors and financial services institutions. Until very recently, he was the Head of IT at HSBC’s Investment Bank in Singapore and Japan. He was also the COO for HSBC Securities (Singapore) Pte Limited – the entity to provide access to the Singapore Stock Market (SGX) for the Global Equities Business. His work experience spans over close to 15 years in Investment Banking Technology working for companies like UBS in Germany and the UK, Barclays Capital in Singapore and Tokyo as well as Close Brothers in his hometown Frankfurt. In many cases he was the link between technology and the various business departments. In 2013 he graduated from the Master of Science in Innovation program at SMU in Singapore, his residence since 2009.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event. Please contact MIF.admissions@ie.edu for further information or visit our Masters in Finance Programs webpage.

Warm regards,

Masters in Finance Admissions Team
IE Business School
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IE presentó sus simuladores en el Banco Central Europeo

Written on June 25, 2014 by Finance Masters Team in News

El martes pasado, la unidad Multimedia de IE – en su representación acudió Mathew Constantine – fue invitada por el Banco Central Europeo a su sede central en Frankfurt. El BCE tenía mucho interés en conocer las experiencias del equipo en desarrollos multimedia, y particularmente en demonstraciones de sus simuladores en red para incorporar este tipo de herramientas en su visitors center. El día finalizó con una veintena de empleados jugando el juego de política económica, 10 Downing Street. ENHORABUENA!


Dilin Lim, alumnus of the Master in Advanced Finance 2009, wrote this blog post as part of her interview for IE’s Women of the Month section of their Facebook Page where she was featured in May.

Entrepreneur and MIAF alumni, Dilin Lim, May’s Women of The Month, shares her story

I will like to share with you my journey from choosing a great business school to finally setting up my small business. I am the founder of Language Passion, a company providing settlement in Spain services, study abroad student packaged services for highly skilled individuals and their families to study, work, and live in Spain. My area of expertise includes banking, investments, and financial advising, and legal paper work matters. I had received a scholarship to study the Master in Advanced Finance at IE. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cooking, hiking, volunteering at retirement homes and have helped at microfinance ventures in Philippines and Africa. I am also the director of Grameen Foundation Singapore, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to alleviating poverty in Philippines.

Years back in Singapore, I found that IE provides a well-rounded, innovative Master in Advance Finance course of a year and most importantly IE places importance on social entrepreneurship such as social impact and social ventures. In 2008, microfinance was seen as relatively new and innovative in Finance Masters programs and was not included in the Finance program of many business schools. But IE had it already included in the MIAF program!

I always had 2 dreams, one is to bring more easily accessible microfinance funding to Africa and the other is to setup my own business.

After I graduated from IE’s Masters in Advanced Finance, I worked for 3 years in Private Banking.  That allowed me to accumulate experience and knowledge in bank account opening, and financial advising that I will need for my current business. I also had a 300% salary jump after I graduated which is helping me to achieve my goals.

Me as an entrepreneur

I just feel very excited, purposeful and really enjoy working on Language Passion. I have been facing many challenges as an entrepreneur, I had to learn to cope with uncertainty and be tough skin. Uncertainty is inherent in businesses and I have learnt to ride through the gloomy periods of my business. I learnt to be open to negative feedback, and I discovered that criticisms are actually inverted compliments. People criticize it because it’s worth doing it. And the best thing that happened for me is that I get to help many people that were like me previously, struggling before I arrived as a student and after my graduation regarding my residence. I already helped numerous families from Asia for instance from Beijing, settle in Spain. I have also helped numerous IE fellows solve their rental issues.


Like many successful entrepreneurs, my role model is Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, especially for his inspirational quote: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future”. If there is something that I learnt and would like to share with my fellow alumni that are looking to be an entrepreneur, I must say it’s the value of perseverance. I always remind myself of this story, when hiccups surface: “What does mum says to the baby when he falls down while learning to walk? Does mum say, don’t walk anymore? What?! Are you crazy mum! The baby tries until, they learn how to walk! Magic formula!

As for my future plans, I am currently working on helping students move to Spain and expats get their second residence in Spain quickly and smoothly.


- Blog post written by Jacob List (Australia), IE MIF alumnus 2013.

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Jake began his startup project “LevBet” (levbet.net) in the IE Venture Labs program while studying the MIF in 2012/13. He has continued to develop his venture ever since and is currently participating in the Wayra startup accelerator in London. LevBet is a trader’s sports betting platform. The company offers a derivatives market for sports bets, allowing clients to seriously leverage their returns by trading bets on margin.

Seriously, what is the difference between betting on sports and betting on companies? Both usually boil down to looking at a screen and hoping furiously that the relevant price or odds worm starts trending in the direction you chose. The subject matter may be different, but many fundamentals underlying both markets are identical.    

What infuriates me is that betting is stuck in the dark ages (as you can see from the charts). If you are familiar with the industry you might recall a relatively recent evolutionary concept known as the “betting exchange” (sorry, it is still temporarily illegal in Spain while the government works out how to tax it). As a formalised concept the exchange is well over a century old in finance. Just imagine the evolution built over that with an extra century of development, and you get an idea for the gap between these markets.

Why is it like this? Essentially, your current bookie can make more money from you more easily if the status quo remains. The idea with LevBet was to change this. We let you bet with derivative financial products (futures, options, swaps…), take positions on margin, and use a platform designed as an investment tool so that we magnify enormously your ability to take advantage of money making opportunities. It looks something like this.


Thought you already knew everything about Spain?

Were you under the impression the IE experience was all about studies – no tough challenges to face?

Well, Master in Finance students at IE are different. We put themselves in front of a bull and have drinks while rescuing the ladies – the Spanish way. The rule is simple: either watch or participate! Sun, food and drinks, fun and the perfect opportunity to network with other MiF alumni.

The CAPEA provided all of this exciting openings to the current finance students last month.

The event was held at Complejo la Capea, at Talamanca del Jarama, a small village near Madrid, on May 24, 2014. Students took buses from Castellon de la Plana, 8 building, ready with sportive outfits as Capea is essentially a rural event.

And guess what? As the Capea was on the same day as the UEFA Champions League Final, there was also a screen to enjoy two Madrid teams fight against each other for the ultimate glory in European football.

The unique aspect of the event was that it is NOT organized officially by IE, but by the students themselves. Capea is just meant to be the “kick-off” meeting for lots of future annual networking events for Finance students & alumni to come.

Check out the photo album to get a real glimpse into the exciting event.

Photo Credit: Yingying Xiang (MiAF 2014)

Editor Shuvro

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How would you feel if you end up in second position in a GLOBAL competition where 21.200 students participate! I would feel on the TOP of the world!

Exactly that is what Josy Mazzucchielo, Daniel Schneider and Adrien Tamagno are feeling these days. They have not only achieved top level prestige within BNP but a prize that can become an edge in their future professional career in Banking and Finance. They have demonstrated that they are top level potential employees for any worldwide bank or finance institution. 

Follow the link to read the press release in Spanish!

Follow it here to read it at BNP´s web page!



Artículo en La Razón: Executive Master en Finanzas

Written on June 5, 2014 by Finance Masters Team in News

El 27 de Mayo el periódico La Razón publicó una entrevista a Ignacio de la Torre (Director académico de los Masters en Finanzas del IE) sobre el Executive Master en Finanzas en el Especial de Excelencia Empresarial. Esperemos que os guste. Un saludo! MIF Admissions Articulo La Razon Igancio de la Torre_EXMIF_Mayo 2014


An Insight into Post-Tapering Fixed Income Market

Written on May 29, 2014 by Finance Masters Team in News

IE CAPITAL MARKET CLUB: An Insight into Post-Tapering Fixed Income Market

With the new normal of Quantitative Easing beginning to phase out, time has come to reflect on the evolution of the Fixed Income markets over the last few years. How would the Post-Tapering Bond Markets look like?  Join us for an informative session with Demetrio Salorio, Global Head of Debt Capital Markets at Société Générale. Demetrio is a distinguished IE Alumni, Executive MBA 2001 intake.

There will be next June 9th 2014, at 19.00 in Aula Magna – María de Molina, 11. Please register here.

Students are invited to attend a Networking session with Demetrio Salorio over coffee and snacks afterwards. Ignacio de la Torre will also be present at the event.


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