Executive Management Program on Latin America for Singaporean companies

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Madrid, financial centre?

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July 2008 | By Ignacio de la Torre, Academic Director of Master in Finance, IE Business School

Over the last few years, Madrid has managed to climb a few positions to become a more important international centre of finance, but in order to consolidate itself in a top position it needs to carry out a series of improvements.

At the beginning of the 13th century, the all-powerful England of King John (the baddie in the Robin Hood films) was defeated by an extremely modest France, which at the time comprised only Paris and the surrounding area. What was the secret behind the French success? London was an important political centre with a financial power that was on the decline, whereas Paris was a political centre of little significance with a financial power that was just beginning.

This mediaeval anecdote should help us reflect on our capital city´s role as an international financial centre. Paradoxically, in a context of political decentralisation in which Madrid has seen how its political power has been considerably reduced, the city has developed huge economic power in terms of GDP and GDP per inhabitant. The next challenge is to take advantage of this economic importance, “capitalising” on Madridâ??s position as a top-tier financial centre. A few weeks ago, Deloitte published a report that classified Madrid as the fourth-ranking international financial centre (behind New York, London and Paris). However, a report commissioned by the city of London on the basis of 7,193 surveys (many of them biased towards Anglo-Saxon markets) position Madrid in 42nd place in terms of international financial importance. In recent years, Madrid has enjoyed an economic and financial environment that has allowed it to climb many positions as a financial capital, higher than number 42 without a doubt. Nevertheless, the black clouds that hang over our economy, the deficit of the Spanish current account, the difficulties affecting the securities markets and the low-level volume of corporate transactions will force us to increase efforts if we want Madrid to effectively be among the top five financial capitals.

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IE empowering African women through entrepreneurship

In conjunction with the FAS (Femmes Africa Solidarite) and the Spanish Government, the Center for Global Diversity in Management and the Department of Entrepreneurial Management at IE Business School has accepted twenty-two women from Liberia, South Africa, DRC, Mozambique, Senegal and Rwanda into the recently launched advanced training and mentoring program for women-lead businesses in…

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A dialogue between deans of top business schools in Shanghai

在6月初上海举行的全球商学院院长圆桌会议之前,IE商学院院长Santiago Iniguez和Tuck商学院院长Paul Danos在上海浦东君悦大酒店接受了新浪财经频道采访,以下为全部视频和谈话文字内容。 Prior to the Dean’s Roundtable in Shanghai this June, Dean Santiago Iñiguez and Dean Paul Danos from Tuck School of Business had a joint discussion at Sina, the leading Chinese portal, about how overseas business schools are developing synergies with their Chinese counterparts in the fields of research, programs, and teaching/learning processes,…

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21 Century Business Herald’s report about IE’s entrepreneurial education practice

下文是《21世纪经济报道》对院长Santiago Iniguez关于IE兼并西班牙当地某知名大学,并要在此模式上将IE打造成一个包括了Executive Educaiton, different postgraduate programs such as MBA, general management programs, Masters in Management, 以及undergraduate programs的一个“full education service provider”的专访“马德里:一个商学院的教育与实践 (Madrid: one business school’s education practice)“。(Interview by leading Chinese business newspaper 21st Century Business Herald with Dean Santiago Iniguez. The resulting upbeat article includes comments about how IE has extended its business school model to…

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ieCommunities – the academic social network

In its first two years in operation, ieCommunities, IE Business School’s social network, has reached the figure of 8,000 international executive users. IEâ??s social network promotes relations between the business school’s students and alumni classified according to the industrial sector in which they work, their area of interest or the world region where they operate.…

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