University of Southern California

Marshall Takes 3rd at Duff & Phelps Challenge
USC Undergraduates Finish in Top Three at 2011 YOUniversity Business Challenge in New York
April 21, 2011 • by News at Marshall

After distinguishing themselves among the initial 44 college teams competing in the 2011 Duff & Phelps YOUniversity Deal Challenge, USC Marshall students Kevin Li (’11), Arya Rahimian (’12) and Yu Zhang (’12) made up one of three teams to advance to the final round of competition. With a strong performance on April 14, the USC Marshall team finished third overall, earning a scholarship award of $3,000.

The Duff & Phelps’ competition challenges students with a complex business problem in the areas of mergers and acquisitions advisory, transaction opinions, dispute consulting and valuation advisory. "During their final presentations for the YOUniversity Deal Challenge, our student participants demonstrated the right balance of analysis and good judgment to power sounds decisions in their future roles," said Noah Gottdiener, chief executive officer of Duff & Phelps.

The USC team was advised by Tyrone Callahan, academic director for undergraduate programs and associate professor of clinical finance and business economics at Marshall.

"We are very proud of the team," said Callahan."By reaching the finals they were able to present their ideas and receive feedback from a distinguished panel of valuation experts. We are very grateful to Duff and Phelps for providing this opportunity and hosting such a wonderful event.  We look forward to participating in the coming years."

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.