As the Philippines continues to experience sustainable strong economic growth and increasing investment interest from the rest of the world, PwC Philippines would like to give students the opportunity to build and pitch their own M&A business case. Students in their 3rd to final year of college are invited to join and complete a series of assignments designed to test their skills and expertise.
Students will be tasked to help a prospective client enhance shareholder value by analyzing a simulated scenario for a local publicly listed company looking to grow its business through expansion in the Philippines or abroad. The students will have to identify areas for growth of the client and will be tested in assessing the right market, the right partner, and the risks, challenges and opportunities in relation to the potential local, regional or global expansion.
Judges will pose questions that will test the students’ understanding of various business concepts in accounting, economics, tax, due diligence, and corporate finance as well as their proficiency in soft skills (i.e., presentations, public speaking, and critical thinking).
Teams must complete two rounds to win – the Preliminary and Final rounds. Each round will require them to apply different technical and soft skills in solving problems that may occur when engaging a client during a corporate finance engagement.
During the Final Presentations Day, finalists will take their cumulative knowledge from the previous round and present their advice and recommendations to the judges.
Winning teams will be awarded with cash prizes and guaranteed internship opportunities with PwC Philippines’ Deals and Corporate Finance Department for 2020.
Students and faculty members may be invited to a series of webinars called “The Dealmaker Seminar Series”, which will focus on due diligence, public speaking, and presentation skills, accounting and tax considerations in business combinations, and introduction to valuations. These are designed to help them on concepts that they will apply during the course of the competition.
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