Our team was fortunate enough to represent UCLA Anderson in the ACG Cup case competition. The Association for Corporate Growth Los Angeles hosted the best teams from 10 schools in this annual investment banking and private equity competition. After a grueling two weeks with multiple all-nighters, David Shin (’17), Kyle Patterson (’17) and I went into the final rounds prepared and confident. In the end, our hard work and determination paid off, as we came out victorious, taking the grand prize of $10,000 — and, more important, the privilege of retaining the coveted ACG Cup for one whole year.
ACG is the global community for middle market M&A dealmakers and business leaders focused on driving growth. The ACG Cup competition provides a tremendous opportunity for aspiring dealmakers to get real-world experience while interacting and networking with leading finance professionals and organizations. It is a true showcase of talent, and current industry leaders “may just meet [their] next rising-star dealmaker.”
The road to glory is far from easy, as each year teams of two to four MBA students participate in the first round of competitions. Each team receives a case study problem based on an amalgam of actual corporate finance and M&A engagements.
One week later, student teams present their analysis, recommendations and conclusions to a panel of local ACG finance professionals consisting of bankers and M&A lawyers, who engage in a spirited debate designed to challenge and encourage the students. The competition at Anderson this year was fierce, as all of the participating teams consisted of future bankers and some of the brightest people I have ever met. Any of the teams would have done well, but we were honored to be selected as the one that would represent UCLA Anderson.