Walsh College


Interested in the ACG Cup Competition?

Compete in the Walsh 2015 M&A Competition

Year after year, the ACG Cup competition has provided an enormously valuable experience for our students. Even though the ACG Detroit Chapter will not be hosting a 2015 competition, Walsh College will be sponsoring an in-house Mergers and Acquisitions Case Study Competition identical to the Walsh College portion of prior years’ ACG competitions.

What is the Walsh 2015 M&A Competition? 
The competition is a Mergers & Acquisitions case study. Teams of three students receive a case study, develop solutions, and present their findings to a panel of judges composed of M&A professionals from the community.

Why compete?
Students gain invaluable feedback from judges, expand networks, and compete for scholarships.

Who can compete?
Graduate Students enrolled in the winter 2015 semester.

Who advises competitors?
Many Walsh faculty devote their time to working with our students through this process – in many cases giving up many of their Saturdays throughout January. Matt Wirgau, adjunct assistant professor of Finance and Economics; Jenny Tatsak, Ph.D., professor of Business Communications; and Louise August, Ph.D., associate professor of Finance and Economics; have mentored and assisted the Walsh ACG team.

How can I sign up to compete?
Complete the Background Information form and return a copy to Sheri Rizzo. For additional questions, you may contact Professor Louise August, or Professor Matthew Wirgau

How has Walsh College placed in past events?
Walsh College has placed first or second in every year of the ACG competition. Walsh College is the winner of the 2014, 2013, 2011, and 2008 ACG Detroit Cup and placed second in 2012, 2010, and 2009.  The University of Detroit Mercy won the 2009 ACG Detroit Cup and Michigan State University won in 2010.

What is the prize for winning?
The team members of the winning team in the 2015 competition will receive a tuition grant for one future class.

Past competitor testimonies
Joshua Metcalf: "I thought participating in the ACG was extremely beneficial and was without a doubt the most valuable part of my time at Walsh. Professor Wirgau does an excellent job coaching the various teams and gives everyone the understanding and confidence to excel regardless of your background. An added benefit is the competition puts you right in front of investment banking professionals and recruiters. I would highly recommend participating."

Walsh College took first place in the seventh annual Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Detroit Cup on February 13, 2014. This is the second consecutive year and fourth time in the seven year history of the competition that Walsh College has won.

2014 Team: First Place
Alex Drost
Jacob Katz
Jordan Werner 
2013 Team: First Place
Michael Manetta
Ryan Drews
Mark Lashbrook  
2012 Team: Second Place 
Professor Matt Wirgau
Matt Foley (BBA '04, MSM '09, MBA '12)
Bryan Hardaway (MSF '11, MBA '12)
Scott Grange (MBA '12)
President Stephanie Bergeron 
2011 Team: First Place
Jim Cook (MSF '11)
Dan Chenoweth (MBA '12)
Brian Lemon (MBA-MSF '12) 
2010 Team: Second Place 
Prof. Matt Wirgau
Mike Brown
Jennifer Gasiecki (MBA-MSF '12)
Ryan Myers (MBA-MSF '11)
2009 Team: Second Place
Jordan Ruder (MSF '09)
Prof. Matt Wirgau
Jennifer Gasiecki (MBA-MSF '12)
Kathleen Dobrovic (MSF '10) 
2008 Team: First Place
President Stephanie Bergeron
Dave Chilingirian (MSF '10)
Mike Rumel (MBA '08)
Tara Miceli (MSF '10)