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(Article written by Marvin Mueller, current student of the Master in Finance 2017/2018)

The IE Venture Capital & Private Equity Club hosted the School’s first private equity trek to London, a major hub for private equity. Students from IE Business School’s full-time MBA and MIF programs, with private equity, investment banking and consulting experience, spent three days in London (16-18th October).

As part of the trek, members met key private equity firms of different size with diverse investment approaches and geographic focus, building connections with industry and deeper knowledge of investment trends. Participants were also able to actively explore career opportunities in the London market, meeting with a leading private equity recruiter.

Christian Santa Cruz and José Luis Cabal, Board Officers of the VC&PE Club leading the trek observed: “One of the great things about being in London, where some of the largest private equity firms in the world are headquartered, is the access that you have to such a diverse set of international funds, with distinct personalities and cultures.”

The participants met with managing partners and other senior professionals at Actis, Aurelius, Capital Group Private Markets, Inflexion Private Equity Partners, Trilantic Capital Partners and the Tulla Group family office, as well as recruiting firm PER.

Marvin Müller, current student of the IE Master in Finance, said: “It was an amazing experience to talk to private equity professionals, and to understand their perspectives on current trends. For students with a high interest in financial markets and aiming to build relationships in the private equity industry, meeting key players face-to-face is incredibly valuable.”

The industry trek was originated and led by the IE VC&PE Club, with the support of members of the IE Business School’s community.

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As a Master in Finance candidate 2018 at IE Business School, Marvin is equipped with the latest knowledge in areas of finance such as Corporate Finance, Capital Markets and Private equity. He is also a Certified Financial Modeler (CFM) and Certified International Investment Analyst Level I (CIIA).

He was studying in the UK & German and holds a Bachelor in International Accounting & Finance and a Bachelor in Banking & Finance. His professional experience includes M&A advisory, ECM, private equity and corporate development with leading investment banks and a leading international private equity investor.

His areas of expertise in finance includes: Valuation, Advanced Financial Modeling, Advanced Corporate Finance, Financial Math Programming, M&A, ECM, Leveraged Finance, Private Equity, Corporate Strategy, Business Development, Financial Analysis, Refinancing, Value Investment, Asset Valuation, Financial Modelling, Venture Capital, Commercial Due Diligence, Data Room Management, Stakeholder Engagement, Presentation & Communication.

Apart from finance, Marvin holds a keen interest in various sports and travelling. He has advanced proficiency in MS Office Suite, Bloomberg Terminal, Factset, Thomson Reuters, Mergermarket and S&P CapitalIQ.

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