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2014 ACG Cup Tournament Announced; A few good XU MBAs Needed to Participate & Bring Home the Cup!



The 7th Annual

ACG Cincinnati Cup

An M&A Case Study Competition

between the best and brightest

MBA students in Greater Cincinnati




Overview of the ACG Cincinnati Cup

The ACG Cincinnati Cup is a unique case study competition designed to give students from the tri-state’s leading MBA programs invaluable insight into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, corporate financial advisory and private equity.


Through this program, we are introducing the next generation of business leaders to ACG Cincinnati as well as the local M&A, corporate growth, and corporate development community. In 2014, ACG Cincinnati will host the 7th Annual ACG Cincinnati Cup case study competition. The competing teams will be drawn from: University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and Miami University.


The ACG Cincinnati Cup provides students with the unparalleled opportunity to:

Develop Relationships…

o Interact with leading finance executives, professionals, and organizations in the Greater Cincinnati region

o Network with potential employers, colleagues, referral sources, clients, vendors, and mentors



Enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities…

o Gain insight into the inner workings of corporate finance and deal-making in a real world setting

o Test critical and strategic thinking as well as

problem solving skills

o Enhance business and financial acumen

o Polish public speaking, information


organization and delivery, and team-building capabilities


 And, last but not least, win cash awards!


What’s the Deal?

The ACG Cincinnati Cup case study competition is centered on a fictitious business scenario. In a prior year’s case study, as an example, the CEO and Board of Directors of a fictitious company were contemplating whether to divest one of their business units, acquire a competitor, or maintain the status quo. Each team of MBA students act as if they are members of their own investment banking firm.


On January 15th, 2014, the five (5) MBA students who have been selected by ACG Cincinnati to represent XU will be provided with the case study and introduced to their “Advisory Board”. These individuals, who are all seasoned deal-making professionals and members of ACG Cincinnati, will assist the XU team as they perform analysis, construct financial models, develop a strategy, and assemble their investment banking-style “pitch”.


The FINAL ROUND event will be held on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 in downtown Cincinnati. On this date, one team from each participating university will deliver their pitch to a panel of judges. These judges, who will be prominent executives from the Greater Cincinnati business community, will act as if they are board members of the fictitious prospective client and will determine which investment banking firm should be “hired”.

Each team of MBA students that competes in the FINAL ROUND will receive a cash prize. A total of $8,000 will be awarded: $5,000 for the winning team and $1,500 for each runner-up!


Sign up Now!

To obtain additional information and/or

to schedule an interview contact:

Aric Hassel (XU MBA ‘04)

President, ACG Cincinnati

Vice President, The Bank of Kentucky

Ph: (513) 508-3004


About ACG Cincinnati

Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth (“ACG”) is a global organization with 56 chapters and over 14,000 members. It is the premier association for professionals who are engaged in, support, and promote corporate development via mergers & acquisitions, private equity investment, strategic initiatives, and organic growth. The Cincinnati Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (“ACG Cincinnati”) was formed in 1993. Our 315+ members represent some of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s leading corporations, investment banks, accounting firms, law firms, financial institutions, advisory firms, private equity firms, and other business enterprises. For more information, please visit