78 high-level participants for third edition of Vlerick M&A Challenge

On Saturday November 19, the 3rd edition of the Vlerick M&A Challenge took place at our Brussels campus. “The competition hich is aimed at final year Masters students is a great way of giving young high potentials a flavour of the Vlerick experience being action-based learning and personal development. It also provides them with a great networking opportunity”, says Wouter De Maeseneire, Professor of Corporate Finance. We received 171 applications of which ultimately 78 high calibre students of various nationalities were selected.

The day kicked off at 9 am with a short introduction to M&A and the case they had to crack: “Game of Thrones: AT&T Agrees to Buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion”. Although they received some guidance by Vlerick faculty, the participants who were split up in fifteen teams of five to six, had to work very independently. As from 4.30 pm the teams’ presentations were assessed by three juries consisting of Vlerick faculty and representatives from our partners being Allen & Overy, Bain & Company, Bencis, Deloitte, Gimv, KBC, Lazard, Morgan Stanley, ING, Roland Berger, BDO and Bank J.Van Breda&C°. The jury members were very impressed with the quality of the participants, says Wouter: “They displayed a great level of maturity during their case presentations, and did not collapse when the Q&A part after the presentation got tricky.”

M&A Challenge winners

In the end three winning teams – one per jury – were selected. Each team member received a 10% scholarship for a Vlerick Masters programme (provided they pass the admission tests) as well as an exclusive lunch/dinner invitation with a high profile executive active in the field of M&A. What is the key to success according to Wouter? “You need to come prepared and display excellent time and project management skills, pouring a sound analysis into a coherently structured powerpoint presentation. And then keep your nerves under control in front of the jury, especially if the questions get tougher and tougher.”

Get an impression of the M&A Challenge on Flickr.

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