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Posted 1.29.13

2013 marks the third consecutive year where a team from the Weatherhead School of Management has placed second at the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup.

Cheng Gu (MSM-Finance ‘13), Patrick Kelly (MBA ‘13), Shane Rourke (MBA ‘13), Dale Stewart (MBA ‘13), and Mengying Xu (MSM-Finance ‘13) won second place in a fierce case study competition hosted by the Cleveland Chapter of the ACG. The competition attracted teams of graduate students from Case Western Reserve, Cleveland State, Kent State, Baldwin Wallace, the University of Akron and Ohio State University. A team from Kent State finished first and a team from Baldwin Wallace placed third.  

Two other teams from Weatherhead competed this year:

Team 1
Charles Brown (MBA ‘14), Yun Chen (MSM-Finance ‘13), Joseph Masrud (MBA ‘13), Peter Newstrom (MBA ‘13), Yi Shi (MSM-Finance ‘13)

Team 2
Meghan Finneran (MSM-Finance ‘13), Philip Larinto (MBA ‘14), Stella Li (MSM-Finance ‘13), Reuben Mabishi (MSM-Finance ‘13), Praful Nadella (MBA ‘13)

Each team had a week to prepare their analysis of a real-world merger case created by the boutique investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey. The competition was then held at the Union Club in downtown Cleveland where each team presented their case to a panel of judges that included senior professionals from investment banking, consulting and private equity firms.

The second-place team will attend the 17th annual ACG
Deal Makers Awards Reception where they will have the opportunity to connect with more than 700 professionals from around the region--many of them proud Weatherhead alumni.

“All of our teams should be commended,” said faculty coach
Scott Fine, Professor of Banking and Finance. “They upheld our reputation as the leading school in the region and as ‘the teams to beat’.”

Congratulations to the three Weatherhead teams and to Professor Fine!

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