February 03, 2011

Weatherhead School of Management Teams Place 1st and 2nd at ACG Competition

full group ACG Cleveland

Participants at ACG included (front row, from left): Hui Wang,
Bernardo Orellana Heredia, Anand Gomes, Andrew Gibbons,
Jay Vaidya (back row, from left) Yuting Yan, Mayur Jethva,
Nick Perini (alumni and member of last year's winning team),
Professor Scott Fine (coach), Tod Wagner (ACG), Wei-An Lin,
Zhuowen Chen and Mo Shen. Photography by Janine
Bentivegna Photography.

Sometimes a merger makes sense for all parties involved. Always, there are serious issues to consider. For students from the Weatherhead School of Management, debating merger issues in a simulated circumstance before a panel of judges develops skills that may be vital to them and others some day.

Three teams from Weatherhead participated in a daylong merger advisory competition hosted by the Cleveland Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) on Jan. 21.

The teams had a week leading up to the competition to prepare analyses of a real-world merger case developed by Houlihan Lokey, a boutique investment banking firm based in Chicago and Los Angeles.

At the competition, each team made a 20-minute presentation to a panel of judges playing the role of the owners and board of directors of the company. The panel included senior professionals from investment banking, consulting and private equity firms such as KeyBank Capital Markets and Blue Point Capital.

ACG Cleveland winners

The winning team at the ACG competition poses with ACG
representatives: (Front row, from left) Bernardo Orellana
Heredia, Hui Wang, Andrew Gibbons, (back row, from left)
Doug Winget (FirstMerit and ACG), Anand Gomes, Professor
Scott Fine (coach), Jay Vaidya and Tod Wagner of ACG.

The Weatherhead students competed against teams from the University of Akron, Baldwin Wallace College, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, Kent State University and the Ohio State University. A Weatherhead team composed of Andrew Gibbons, Anand Gomes, Bernardo Orellana Heredia, Jay Vaidya and Hui Wang won first place.

The team members received an invitation to the Cleveland ACG Deal Maker Awards, a cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to San Diego for Intergrowth, the national ACG conference to be held in March.

A Weatherhead team including Zhuowen Chen, Mayur Jethva, Wei-An Lin, Mo Shen and Yuting Yan earned second place and received an invitation to the Deal Maker Awards and a cash prize.

“It was a great pleasure to work with these students,” said Scott Fine, professor of banking and finance and the team’s faculty coach. “All three teams did an outstanding job and represented themselves and the school ably and proudly.”

Posted by: Emily Mayock, February 3, 2011 08:54 AM | News Topics: Weatherhead School of Management

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