On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management invited Alumni & Friends to the last get-together in London this year. In the Counting House, a buzzing pub in central London, they met with Dr Heike Brost, Head of Degree Programmes & Executive Education, and Dr Elisa Antz, Head of Student, Career & Alumni Services.
Dr Heike Brost offered some insights into recent developments at Frankfurt School, including the New Campus and the student crowdfunding initiative “Raise the roof”. Guests included alumni from a broad range of programmes such as the very first intake of the former “Diplom”, current Bachelor and Master programmes, as well as a group of current International Healthcare Management MBA students, who had just finished their module in London.
A day later, on December 1, the FS alumni team and Kai Alexander Steinkamp, FS Alumnus Class of 2011 and Consultant at Detecon (Schweiz) AG, invited FS Alumni & Friends for an evening at the Detecon office in Zurich. Professor Dr Dirk Schäfer, Managing Partner at Detecon (Schweiz) AG and Head of Competence Center for Financial Management at the University of St Gallen, Dr Heike Brost and Dr Elisa Antz, welcomed the guests.
Afterwards, Professor Dr Tobias Berg, Professor of Corporate Finance at Frankfurt School, discussed the impact of Brexit on the syndicated loan market – a multi-billion dollar market where London acts as a major hub for large-scale issuances by corporates around the world. His research indicates that issuance activity switched from London to other financial centers (Frankfurt, Zurich and Paris, among others) after the Brexit vote. However, one could not make out a clear winner or a general movement towards another financial centre. The presentation was followed by an informal get-together, where alumni discussed the meaning of Zurich as a financial centre as well as their professions and lives in Switzerland.