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Posted 2.6.12

It’s getting to be a habit: Weatherhead teams again claimed first and second place in the 2012 Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Case Competition--the third year in a row in which Weatherhead has placed first, and the second consecutive year in which the school has taken the top two spots. MBA and MS-Finance students formed three teams to compete against groups from Cleveland State, Baldwin Wallace, the University of Akron, and Kent State, and three teams from Ohio State University. Congratulations to all three Weatherhead teams and to faculty coach Scott Fine, Professor of Banking and Finance!

First Place Team
Tian Jin (MS-Finance ’12), Aaron Kuehn (MS-Finance ’12), Jaimin Popat (MBA ’12), Giorgio Vitale (MS-Finance ’12), and Xiaochen Zhu (MS-Finance ’12)

Second Place Team
You He (MS-Finance ’12), Lulu Shi (MS-Finance ’12), Xiang Wang (MBA2), Zhexiao Xue (MS-Finance ’12), and Yuan Zhao (MS-Finance ’12)

Third Weatherhead Team
Phil Alexander (MBA ’12), Jeff Breha (MBA ’12), Alex Hoffman (MS-Finance ’12), Kevin Kozlowski (MS-Finance ’12), and Tao Zhang (MS-Finance ’12)

The ACG competition, held at the Union Club in downtown Cleveland, consisted of a case study based on an actual mergers and acquisitions (M&A) dilemma. A private company received offers from two buyers: a strategic industry buyer and a financial buyer. The teams had to evaluate the offers, consider alternatives, and make a recommendation to a panel of esteemed judges.

The winning team will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the international AGC conference in Dallas in April of this year. All three Weatherhead teams attended the annual ACG Deal Makers Award Reception where they mingled with more than 700 professionals from around the region—many of them proud Weatherhead alumni!

“I am so very proud of all three teams,” said Fine, who called the fifteen student participants “outstanding” and praised their “exceptionally hard work” over the week leading up to their presentation to judges.



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