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Carl H. Lindner College of Business

UC Team Claims ACG Cup for a Third Time

Submitted: 3/11/2011 15:52:31
  • A team of University of Cincinnati College of Business graduate students took first place in the 2011 ACG Cincinnati Cup Case Competition.

For the third time in the ACG Cincinnati Cup's four-year history, UC's team earned top honors in the mergers and acquisitions case competition against rivals from Miami University, Xavier University and Northern Kentucky University. The ACG Cincinnati Cup is a mergers and acquisitions-based case competition created in 2008 by the Cincinnati chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), a global organization for professionals involved in corporate growth, development and mergers and acquisition.

Graduate students Annie Ferreri, Ryan Smith and Ravi Grandhi represented UC at the competition held February 23, 2011 at the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University.

"At the UC College of Business, we strive to teach business from the ground up, giving students the opportunity to apply theory to practice," says Dean David M. Szymanski. "I offer sincere congratulations to the winning UC team for proving their expertise in translating classroom fundamentals to real-world business challenges."

Required to analyze a complex merger and acquisition case study, competitors tested their corporate strategy, finance and valuation skills in formulating recommendations to present to "management" ? or in this case, the judges ? composed of ACG members, local business men and women and university representatives. Once presented with the case, students had only two weeks to develop and prepare their recommendations for the first-round competition, held at their own institutions.

Judges then selected a team from each school to take on their regional competitors in the final round. The teams chosen to advance were presented with a new case for the final round. Teams had only one week to analyze the new case and polish their presentation skills.

"Participating in ACG Cup Competition was a culmination of everything I had learned in my MBA classes at UC," says Grandhi. "Working with my teammates in a professional business setting, I learned skills that translate into future success in the workplace." Teammate, Ryan Smith, agreed that the competition is valuable to his future career: "Only one day after the competition, I already have several meetings set up with ACG members about potential employment opportunities. If you're looking to land a new job, you really can't afford not to participate in ACG."

The winning UC team presented a superior analysis of the case study: a private equity fund's acquisition of a privately held family business. For this, the UC team received a $5,000 cash prize for winning the competition, which awarded $9,500 in total prize money.

The 2011 presenting sponsor was Advanced Testing Laboratory. Other sponsors included Flynn & Company, Key Bank, The Bank of Kentucky, Keating Muething & Klekamp, Orchard Holdings and ComStock Advisors.

About ACG Cincinnati
The ACG Cincinnati Cup competition was conducted by ACG Cincinnati, a chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, the premier global organization for professionals involved in corporate growth, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. ACG Cincinnati was formed in 1993 and has more than 250 members from corporations, accounting and law firms, financial institutions, consultants, and other enterprises dedicated to corporate growth.