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Private Equity Institute



Our annual challenges are an exciting and unique opportunity.

The challenges not only prepare you for working in the finance sector but also give you the chance to network with knowledgeable and influential professionals already well placed in the finance industry. They give you the chance to apply your skills to scenarios you are likely to see during the first three years working at a bank or a fund.

Bridgepoint Private Equity Challenge

Bridgepoint is a leading private equity fund in Europe with €12 billion of assets. This challenge is an investment competition aimed to find the smartest assessment of leveraged buyout opportunities in the UK. The winners are invited to spend a day with Bridgepoint at their head office in London, as well as winning a cash prize.

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Hermes GPE Private Markets Challenge

Hermes GPE is a leading investor in global private equity with AUM of £3.4 billion. This challenge is to analyse a secondary opportunity with a view to purchasing the portfolio or to create an investment portfolio for a pension fund. The winning team is invited to a networking dinner with Hermes GPE in London. 

The Asset Management Challenge offers a great way to engage with some of the most driven students at Oxford Saïd on research projects similar to those they would conduct if they came to work for Hermes and we are delighted to have successfully recruited from the winners of this Challenge.

Peter Gale, Chief investment Officer and Elias Korosis, Partner, Head of Strategy, Hermes GPE

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Rothschild Global Advisory Challenge

Rothschild & Co is a global and family-controlled group. This challenge is to develop a strategic review for a publicly-listed company. The winning team or individual will receive a summer internship at Rothschild Global Advisory.

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Oxford Chicago Global Private Equity Challenge

This challenge is run with the University of Chicago's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Teams assess the potential for a private equity investment (LBO) of a publicly-listed company. Competitors get access to leading investment banks and private equity firms, mentoring from industry professionals, networking opportunities and the chance to work on real-life case scenarios.

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Wharton MBA Buyout Case Competition

This challenge is run by Wharton University of Pennsylvania and is the premier MBA-level LBO case competition in the world.  It brings together teams from the leading business schools around the world to evaluate and make recommendations for a proposed PE buyout transaction. 

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