Matti Suominen’s career in equity trading began when he became an equity investor, quite unexpectedly, at just 16 years old. “I inherited some stocks, not a lot, just a small amount. I knew nothing about business or equities, but I started trading and I became intrigued by it. I was so into this stock trading…

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How can Finance demonstrate its added value? Five tips from Sean Boyle, CFO of AWS. Directors don’t always see the financial team as a strategic partner. They might be great as a supplier of figures, necessary as the holders of the purse strings, and sometimes a nice excuse to nip ambitious plans in the bud….

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Five action points for growth

16 December, 2019 11:09

Research at Europe’s largest companies on how to solve current challenges shows that the solution is not so much in resources, but in leadership and a desire for change. Because the political landscape is nowadays increasingly fragmented, and 69 of the world’s 100 largest economic entities are not countries but companies, there is a need…

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Asset-liability management is very topical right now, because of the competitive banking market and prescriptive regulatory environment. Professor Moorad Choudhry will present a practitioner-led and practitioner-focused program to identify and apply best-practice. “Banking is too important in the world for best practice to be kept in a narrow field of knowledge,” says Professor Choudhry. “Knowledge…

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Navigating from strategy development to execution is one of the biggest challenges for today’s leaders – few are successful. A recent survey by The Economist found that a discouraging 57 percent of firms failed to efficiently execute strategic initiatives over the past three years.  “There is a serious need for realism when it comes to…

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Upcoming April Amsterdam Institute of Finance offers a new program: Investing in Private Markets, led by Professor Ludovic Phalippou (University of Oxford). Investing in Private Markets is a unique and accelerated training program for finance professionals looking to sharpen their knowledge or re-train to accompany the strong growth in private markets (from Infra to LBOs,…

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On 23 September Amsterdam Institute of Finance hosted a networking event for a group of our alumni, as well as other interested professionals, at the Room Mate Aitana Hotel in central Amsterdam – the second alumni event at this location! Professor Benoît Leleux and Jan van der Kaaij discussed how to design and execute new sustainability programs, embed the…

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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…

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‘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,…

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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,…

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