USC Marshall School of Business Winners:
(pictured from left to right) Steven Zhou, Sinclair Ridley-Thomas & Daniel Konialian
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.
Chapman University, The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics
Assistant Dean, Graduate and Executive Programs
Argyros School of Business and Economics
FMV Capital Markets
University of California, San Diego – The Rady School of Management
Stephen R. LaSala
(858) 720- 8987
Senior Associate Director
Company Finance, Financial Services & Real Estate
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.