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USC Marshall School of Business Winners:
(pictured from left to right)  Steven Zhou, Sinclair Ridley-Thomas & Daniel Konialian 

Second Place: UC Irvine
Third Place: Cal State Fullerton

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2013 ACG CUP Press Release
An ACG LA Tradition Becomes a National Competition

In 2004, ACG LA came up with a novel idea: host an annual competition that will challenge MBA students with real-world business situations. It’s the equivalent of a regional M&A Olympics, and the student–participants are competing not only for bragging rights for their school, but also for cold hard cash.

The Southern California ACG Cup has been a resounding success, with seven area MBA programs competing each year for a purse of over $20,000. And the idea has taken hold across the country: in 2008, more than 70 schools in 16 regions held ACG Cups. Beginning in 2010, regional winners will advance to a national final competition, where the stakes will be even higher.

Participating Universities
California State Fullerton, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
     Harold M. Fraser
     Department of Management
     Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
     California State University, Fullerton
     (714) 278-5228

Chapman University, The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics

     Jon Kaplan
     Assistant Dean, Graduate and Executive Programs
     Argyros School of Business and Economics
     Chapman University
     (714) 997-6990   

Loyola Marymount University, College of Business Administration
     Dr. Jeffrey Gale
     Professor of Management
     Loyola Marymount University
     (310) 338-7406 
Pepperdine University – Graziadio School of Business and Management
     Diane Singel
     Director of Administration, Full-Time Programs
     The Graziadio School of Business
     Pepperdine University
     (310) 506-8544
San Diego State University - SDSU
     Nikhil (Nik) Varaiya, Ph.D.

     Professor, Finance
     (619) 594-7713

University of California, Irvine – Paul Merage School of Business

     Allan Siposs
     Managing Director
     FMV Capital Markets

     (949) 759-4499

University of California, San Diego – The Rady School of Management
     Stephen R. LaSala
Sheppard Mullin
     (858) 720- 8987

University of San Diego - MBA Career Services Department
     Terra Saltzman-Baker
     Corporate Relations Manager

     (619) 260-4210

University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business

   Missy Bailey
Senior Associate Director  
   Company Finance, Financial Services & Real Estate

For general information about the ACG Cup please contact the ACG Los Angeles office at 310.426.9710 or
How It Works

Each year, teams of two to four MBA students participate in the first round of competitions which are held on-campus at each university. Each team receives a case study problem based on an amalgam of actual corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) engagements.

One week later, the student teams present their analysis, recommendations and conclusions to a panel of local ACG finance professionals and MBA program alumni who engage in a spirited debate designed to challenge and encourage the students.

Following the preliminary competitions, the finalist teams from each university compete in a final round of intensive case-study-based problem solving and presentations.

The winning team earns the coveted ACG Southern California Cup title, and all participants leave with invaluable experience and exposure to local executives and dealmakers.

Get Involved

Participating in the ACG Cup provides the opportunity to:
  • Interact and network with leading finance professionals and organizations
  • Gain insight into corporate finance through a variety of transaction perspectives
  • Meet and develop relationships with potential employers, team members and mentors
  • Apply critical academic skills to a highly realistic M&A case study
  • Enhance and polish presentation, team-building and networking capabilities
  • Win meaningful rewards

ACG Members

As an ACG Cup judge, you can pass your wisdom and experience onto the next generation of business leaders. The Cup is also a great opportunity for ACG LA to reach out to tomorrow’s members. You may just meet your next rising-star dealmaker.

For more information about the Cup, please contact Chris Hebble (
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