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Oxford Saïd Finance Lab

Finance study on Oxford MBA

As part of the Oxford MBA, you will have the opportunity to take part in the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab in addition to your programme of study. 

The Oxford Saïd Finance Lab, a joint venture between the Private Equity Institute, the finance faculty, and the Careers Centre, is a tailored financial graduate training programme which is highly respected by financial services recruiters and senior finance professionals. We recommend that you apply to join the Lab if you are interested in pursuing a career in specific areas of finance, especially M&A, Corporate Finance, Leveraged Finance, Real Estate and Infrastructure Finance, Capital Markets, Distress & Restructuring, Private Equity and Asset Management.

The Oxford Saïd Finance Lab takes place over two terms. It will introduce you to the key concepts, instruments, and models required for finance courses, electives, and interviews. In particular you will gain the skills to develop a financial model following a step-by-step methodology and connect the business plan with financial statements, the valuation, the finance structure, the risks and the investment returns.

A mandatory component of the Lab is participating in at least one of four challenges: the Bridgepoint Private Equity Challenge, Centerview M&A Challenge, Rothschild Global Advisory Challenge and the Hermes GPE Private Markets Challenge. 

Example challenge overview: The Bridgepoint Private Equity Challenge

This challenge requires you to work in small teams with a private equity fund, Bridgepoint, to examine four of its target companies and leverage a buy-out model. The challenge provides real-world experience and offers you an opportunity to advise Bridgepoint on the buyout through a complete transaction analysis. The top ten teams are invited to an awards ceremony, where the first prize will be £5,000 and three runner-up prizes of invitations to spend a day at Bridgepoint’s offices learning how they operate.

 

The best Finance Lab students will form a team of five to participate in the annual Oxford Chicago Global Private Equity Challenge, which takes place in Oxford and Chicago alternately.

In addition to the Lab, students participate in the annual Wharton Private Equity Challenge, competing with more than 25 leading business schools in New York City. Oxford Saïd won the 2016 challenge.

 
 
The Oxford Saïd Finance Lab has been designed and is lectured by Professor Andreas T. Angelopoulos, Executive Director of the Private Equity Institute. Oxford Finance Labs are a useful source of preparation for working in the finance sector, both at the interview phase and during internships for conversion to full time.

If you are interested in a career in investment banking or private equity, this is a unique opportunity.

Investment banks who have taken part

Bank of America Merril Lynch

Barclays

Centerview

Citi

Deutsche Bank

Evercore

Goldman Sachs

Houlihan Lokey

JP Morgan

Lazard

Moelis

Morgan Stanley

PJT

Rothschild

Previous equity funds who have taken part

3i

Advent International

Ardian

Bain Capital

Bayside

Blackstone

Bridgepoint

Carlyle

CDC

Denham

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking

Hermes GPE

ICG

KKR

Oak Tree Capital

Terra Firma

The Bridgepoint Private Equity Challenge

This challenge requires you to work in small teams with a private equity fund, Bridgepoint, to examine four of its target companies and leverage a buy-out model. The challenge provides real-world experience and offers you an opportunity to advise Bridgepoint on the buyout through a complete transaction analysis. The top ten teams are invited to an awards ceremony, where the first prize will be £5,000 and three runner-up prizes of invitations to spend a day at Bridgepoint’s offices learning how they operate.

 

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