Unique private equity programme affords students access to global education and network opportunities.
A team of five students from Saïd Business School were victorious at the annual Oxford Chicago private equity challenge, which this year took place at the Polsky Institute at Chicago Booth on 26 February. The challenge affords students access to leading investment banks and private equity firms. It also includes mentoring from industry professionals, networking opportunities and the chance to work on real life case scenarios. The win represents the second consecutive victory for Oxford.
The challenge culminates in a presentation session in which the two teams, one from each institution, put forward investment proposals based on real life companies to a committee of highly experienced finance industry figures.
Atos Drauschke-Muradyan (2018 MBA), Felix Tan (2016 BA Economics & Management), Vivek Elluru (2018 MBA), Rahfin Faruk (2018 MBA) and Carl Rietschel (2018 MBA) took home the cash prize for their presentation, which assessed the potential for a leveraged buyout of Scout 24, a German online classifieds company.
‘It was a wonderful feeling to win against a top side like Chicago Booth,’ commented Vivek. ‘The effort of over two months working on the challenge and putting our best foot forward was all worth it as it was a fantastic learning experience.’
Felix Tan described how the team extensively researched their target company, and repeatedly tested their pitch with mentors Andreas Angelopoulos, Jeff Henriksen, Artem Katilov and Klimenti Katilov, as well as with senior investment professionals from Oakley Capital and Ares.