This November AIF offers a new program: Managing Corporate Turnarounds, led by Professor Joost de Haas (INSEAD). Companies end up in financial distress for a variety of reasons and in different degrees of severity, ranging from ‘plain loss’ of shareholder value to liquidity crisis and (eventually) bankruptcy. Management and/or turnaround professionals – at any point…

Read more

‘IRR is bullshit’

03 September, 2019 09:00

“I can observe Zidane, but I’ll never dribble like him”, says Ludovic Phalippou. “We tend to make people heroes and want to imitate them, but that’s not how it works.” Phalippou, Professor of Financial Economics at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School, is having a beer at the Room Mate Aitana hotel in Amsterdam,…

Read more

What do you have to do if you want to quit your business and put it up for sale? And the other way around, looking for that perfect acquisition, how to prepare? Professor Ard-Pieter de Man explains. The decision has been made, the company will be sold. But for it to be an attractive deal,…

Read more

“Many organizations see digitalization as an extension of what’s already here and have trouble taking advantage of the opportunities”, says Professor Karel Cool, who sees companies struggling to take the next step. “Seizing opportunities is difficult for companies that compete with the logic of traditional industries. It’s much more winner-takes-all than it used to be….

Read more

This November we will offer a new program: Understanding Global Macroeconomics, led by Peter De Keyzer (University of Antwerp). Managers, especially those working in the finance sector, are bombarded by macroeconomics and financial news from around the world. Since almost all decisions in this increasingly interconnected world depend on both macro and foreign developments, it…

Read more

The world is becoming an increasingly complicated place. Given how globalized the world has become and the unrestricted flow of information, making decisions in organizations is difficult. But Professor Hersh Shefrin’s course on behavioral risk management at the Amsterdam Institute of Finance will help academics, corporate professionals and the public to navigate complex environments. There…

Read more

Private equity has commanded a bad reputation in recent years for introducing high debt levels and dramatically cutting costs in investee companies. But global investors are falling back to private equity models that create sustainable value instead of immediate profits. Although the private equity industry has played a crucial role in driving economic growth by…

Read more

Professor Kevin Kaiser gave an insightful and funny talk at the Dutch M&A Forum. His topic was Value Creation in M&A – and the main message: ‘value is like love’. You can’t see it or touch it but you know it’s there! You can read more about the event here (in Dutch):  

Read more

“Disruptive technological forces are impacting finance. Finance professionals should be upskilling in order to stay competitive” says Professor Raghavendra Rau. Technology and finance disruption. These words usually conjure up negative images of robotic process automation and machine learning replacing people’s day-to-day jobs and industries. Talks about rapid technology advancements such as the often-touted artificial intelligence…

Read more

“It’s catastrophic when people want to keep negotiations simple”, says Ingemar Dierickx while he’s enjoying a glass of red wine in the Amsterdam DoubleTree Hilton. He’s just finished teaching the first day of a three-day course on ‘Negotiation Dynamics’. At the end of the day, he asked the attendees the following question: “what is the…

Read more