Mergers & Acquisitions Competition

2014 Mergers & Acquisitions Competition
October 23-24, 2014

On October 23-24, 2014, the Robert H. Smith School of Business and its MBA Finance Association held the Eighth Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Competition. Ten teams of up to four MBA students from leading U.S. business schools competed to create a winning M&A pitch that was delivered to a panel of Wall Street bankers and corporate executives. Highlights of the 2014 Competition

In its first seven years, the Smith School hosted MBA teams from top schools such as the Columbia Business School, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, New York University’s Stern School of Business and Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.

A panel of judges that will include industry professionals and Smith School faculty members will award a $5,000 first prize, $2,500 second prize and $1,000 third prize to student teams tasked with creating a persuasive argument while under deadline and competitive pressure. Teams will be judged upon their qualitative arguments and the quantitative models used to support their arguments.

The Smith School’s MBA Finance Association will organize the event, which will include a networking reception and opportunities for students to meet industry professionals and recruiters. For more information about the Smith School’s M&A Competition, please contact Sarah Kroncke in our Finance Department at

Participating Schools

1. Boston University's School of Management 
2. Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business 
3. College of William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business 
4. Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management 
5. Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business 
6. Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business 
7. University of Delaware Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics 
8. University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 
9. University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management 
10. University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business 

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