M&A Challenge

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Ready to close the deal?

4 good reasons to register today:
  • Participate in one of the largest business competitions in Europe
  • Work on a real-life M&A case, guided by our renowned faculty
  • Meet up with experienced M&A professionals and experts
  • Win a Vlerick Scholarship
Do you have what it takes?

m&a challengeLike with any M&A deal, you will be working within time constraints and you'll have to show us your excellent project and time management skills. Cracking the case will also require a good combination of sound academic knowledge and common sense. You’ll need to work methodically, and you’ll certainly get a chance to practice your public speaking skills. You will all have to step up to the challenge, will get the opportunities to experience the hands-on culture of Vlerick and to network with some of Europe’s top M&A people.

What will this day look like?

Your team will get a detailed briefing, as well as support from Vlerick professors and business experts throughout the day. It’s a real opportunity to experience the hands-on style that characterizes learning at Vlerick.
In the final session, your team will present its analysis and conclusions to a jury of experienced M&A professionals and experts. The winning team will be announced at the end of the day, and you’ll have further opportunities to network with the other teams, and with some of Europe’s leading lights in M&A. Previous editions have covered cases such as:

  • Game of thrones: AT&T agrees to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion.
  • ABInbev's absorption of SABMiller: Seeking market dominance by brewing a mega deal. 
  • The Disney-Fox Merger: Will they live happily ever after?
Why should you participate?
Participating teams will get the experience of what being a student at Vlerick Business School feels like. All teams will be able to present their findings to executives from our corporate partners in the finance world and Vlerick faculty. Moreover, every member of the winning team will be entitled to receive a €1.500 discount on the tuition fee for a full-time Masters programme at Vlerick.
 Arthur Leuridan

"After a challenging day of analysing the M&A case, we presented our findings & insights in front of a jury consisting of high-level executives.
It was a great experience working together with a highly motivated and bright team on a real-life case." 

Arthur Leuridan, M&A Challenge 2019 Participant
Who can enter?

All students who are currently studying at Masters’ degree level. Students are eligible from any university and from any background. Applications should be made individually and students will be selected based on their motivation to participate. Therefore, an application form should be filled in with your resume and a motivation of maximum 500 characters. Based on your CV and motivation, we will compose balanced teams.
The deadline to register is Monday 1 November 2021 (noon). Our event has limited capacity, so make sure you register today!

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