The Smith School was proud to host the Second Annual Mergers & Acquisitions Competition on Oct. 16 and 17. The event, organized by Smith’s MBA Finance Association, challenged teams of MBA students from leading business schools to create and deliver M&A pitches to a panel of executive judges. Students from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business won the $5,000 first prize. Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management’s students took the $2,500 second prize, and Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management’s students won the $1,000 third prize.
College Park, Md. – October 20, 2008 – The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced the winners of its second annual Mergers & Acquisitions Competition, held October 16-17. The event, organized by Smith’s MBA Finance Association, challenged teams of MBA students from leading business schools to create and deliver M&A pitches to a panel of executive judges. Students from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business won first prize, $5,000.
At the Smith School’s Town Hall meeting with MBA students on September 26, Haluk Ünal, professor of finance, presented a thoughtful analysis of the current financial crisis—and came to some conclusions that might surprise you.
As Congress and federal regulators scramble to shore up U.S. financial institutions, leading business school faculty and staff are working to understand the evolving situation and explain it to students and alumni. Leaders at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business are helping the Smith community navigate the financial crisis. More than 200 students, faculty and staff packed Frank Auditorium in the school’s Van Munching Hall on Friday, Sept. 26 for a town-hall meeting to discuss the market meltdown, the bailout plan and the fallout rocking the U.S. economy.
It has been over a year since the credit crunch started. The effects continue to ripple through the economy. The housing market is dismal and the Federal Reserve has resorted to extraordinary measures to prop up the banking industry. The number of big corporate mergers is down sharply. Deals getting done these days are largely financed with money from overseas or from companies using their own funds. What are the lessons learned and what will be the ultimate outcomes?
College Park, Md. – Sept. 2, 2008 – The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced 21 outstanding faculty members have joined the school from leading universities to start the 2008-2009 academic year.
Berkshire Hathaway, here we come! Smith faculty member Sue White, Distinguished Tyser Teaching Fellow, and finance lecturer David Kass brought a small, but dedicated group to the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, May 2-4, 2008.
Read Sue White's account of the trip:
All were students in my fall 07 BMGT 440FP, Emerging CFOs Finance Fellows, class: Dara Khan, Belen Jacome, Paul Hughes, David Zhang, and John Wu. In addition, Mark Wellman, Tyser Teaching Fellow, brought a group of 10 undergraduate fellows to the meeting.
On Feb. 26, 2008, the MBA Finance Association of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland hosted a panel discussion on the current state of the U.S. economy. About 30 MBA students gathered to listen to two panelists from the department of logistics, business, and public policy, Peter Morici, professor of logistics, business and public policy, and Curt Grimm, Dean's Professor of Supply Chain and Strategy. The students were invited to prepare questions for Morici and Grimm and engage them in discussion about the challenges facing today's economy.
Each year every chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) in the United States runs a regional case competition for the MBA programs in the area. This year the D.C. chapter of the ACG held their competition Feb. 4-11, 2008. The competition places the student teams in the role of a financial investor. This year’s case was centered around two fictional companies that were named GrowCo and MarginCo. The industry that they operated in was aerospace & defense.
My name is Peter Morici. I am an economist and Professor of Business at the University of Maryland. Thank you for this opportunity to participate in these hearings. I will devote my remarks to the issues raised by the recent surge in investments by sovereign wealth funds in the United States.
What Is a Sovereign Wealth Fund?