Mergers and Acquisitions Competition

MBAs Compete in the Smith School’s Mergers and Acquisitions Contest; Ohio State Wins

MBA students had the upcoming presidential election on their minds as they plotted merger and acquisition strategies and recommendations for big players in the aerospace and defense industries. Teams from some of the country’s top MBA programs went head to head in an intense match to offer the best pitch in the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 6th annual Mergers and Acquisitions Competition held Oct. 25-26, 2012.

Smith School Hosts First Undergraduate M&A Competition

On Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted the first annual Undergraduate Mergers and Acquisitions case competition. This event was the idea of finance students John Chukundah, who organized the competition, along with Anna Mayr, president of the student club Finance Banking and Investment Society (FBIS). Elinda Kiss, Tyser Teaching Fellow of finance and faculty advisor to FBIS, and Rachel Loock, Director of Undergraduate Programming in the Office of Career Services, assisted Mayr and Chukundah with resources and the coordination of logistical details. Susan White, distinguished Tyser Teaching Fellow of finance, wrote the case that was analyzed by the students.

NYU Takes Top Prize in Third Annual University of Maryland M&A Competition

College Park, Md. – October 26, 2009 – The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced the winners of its third annual Mergers & Acquisitions Competition, held October 22-23. The event, organized by Smith’s MBA Finance Association, challenged 10 teams of MBA students from leading business schools to craft and present M&A pitches to a panel of executive and faculty judges. The student team from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University won the $5,000 first prize. The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia MBA students took the $2,500 second prize, and the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University students came away with the $1,000 third prize.

Chicago GSB Takes Top Prize in University of Maryland M&A Competition

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. Purdue University Krannert School of Management MBA students took second prize, $2,500; and Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management students won third prize, $1,000.

Columbia Business School Takes Top Prize in University of Maryland M&A Competition

College Park, Md. October 16, 2007 - The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced the winners of its first Mergers & Acquisitions Competition, held October 11-12. The event, organized by Smiths MBA Finance Association, challenged teams of MBA students from leading business schools to create and deliver M&A pitches to a panel of executives from Wall Street firms including Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers. Columbia Business School won first prize, $5,000. University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business MBA students earned second prize, $2,500; and University of Rochesters Simon Graduate School of Business students won third prize, $1,000.

UMD-Smith Hosts M&A Competition; Tepper Wins

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Oct. 28 2014 – Students representing some the country’s top MBA programs competed to offer the best pitch in the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business 8th annual Mergers and Acquisitions Competition, held Oct. 23-24 at the university’s College Park campus. A team from the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business captured the $5,000 first prize, followed by competitors from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management ($2,500) and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business ($1,000).

Robert H. Smith School of Business to Host First M&A Competition

College Park, Md. August 7, 2007 - The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced leading U.S. business schools will participate in its first M&A Competition, October 11-12. Teams of up to four MBA students will compete to present a winning M&A pitch that will be delivered to a panel of Wall Street bankers and corporate executives. The event is supported by title-level sponsors Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers and gold-level sponsors Black & Decker, Constellation Energy and Marriott International Inc.

Notre Dame Takes Top Prize in Fourth Annual University of Maryland M&A Competition

College Park, Md. – November 1, 2010 – The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business today announced the winners of its fourth annual Mergers & Acquisitions Competition, held October 28-29. The event, organized by Smith’s MBA Finance Association, challenged 10 teams of MBA students from leading business schools to craft and present M&A pitches to a panel of executive and faculty judges. The student team from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business won the $5,000 first prize. Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business MBA students took the $2,500 second prize, and students from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business came away with the $1,000 third prize.

MBAs Compete in M&A Competition; Maryland Team Wins

College Park, Md. – November 11, 2013 – Teams from some the country’s top MBA programs went head to head in an intense match to offer the best pitch in the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 7th annual Mergers and Acquisitions Competition, held Nov. 7-8 at the university’s College Park campus. The team from the Smith School captured the event's $5,000 first prize. The team from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business placed second ($2,500) and MBAs from Southern Methodist University’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business finished third ($1,000), judged by a panel of corporate executives, Wall Street bankers and business professors.

Mergers and Acquisitions Contest Draws top MBA Programs; UVA Triumphs

College Park, Md. – Oct. 24, 2011 – A college football weekend likely comes to mind when a mid-autumn competition is associated with beer and the likes of UCLA, Texas A&M and the University of Virginia. Teams from these schools and others recently concluded a pressure-packed competition. But it involved neither athletics nor tailgating fans. Instead, MBA students matched their skills as the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business staged its 5th annual Mergers and Acquisitions Competition.

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