A team of graduate finance students placed third in the Association for Corporate Growth case study competition in Houston this semester. It was the second year that a UTSA team had participated in this competition.
Team members were Mona Mirsalim, Ryan Mohan and Jake Ruby. Their team mentor was finance adjunct faculty member Mike Naquin. And, they received additional support from Lalatendu Misra, professor of finance and department chair, and Keith Fairchild, associate professor of finance.
“I thought this was a great way to immerse myself in the topic of mergers and acquisitions,” said Ruby, a MBA student concentrating in finance. “Through this process we developed a fundamental understanding of how mergers and acquisitions work from a financial and operational perspective.”
The competition is designed to give students real-world experience and valuable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. The students presented their case to a 10-member board and competed against teams from throughout Texas.
“This competition definitely gives you a good frame of reference for what it would be like getting into the mergers and acquisitions world as a career,” said Mohan, a master of science in finance major. “It takes what we’ve learned in the classroom and allows us to apply it in a competition setting.”
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