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2018 ACG Tampa Bay Cup Winning Team - University of Florida (Reinaldo Cevallos, Kristen Mousa, Sami Qubain)  Click here to see all the photos from the Cup!


The ACG Cup

The ACG Cup is a case study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. The competition is carried out through a series of intra-school competitions, with each university bringing their top three teams to the University Club in downtown Tampa on Thursday, March 22, 2018 for both the Round One and Final Round. The prestigious ACG Tampa Bay Cup title and cash awards will be given. 

Thank you to our "Friends of the Cup":



Participating in the ACG Cup provides students with the unparalleled opportunity to:

  • Access and exposure to M&A professionals
  • Real-world deal making experience
  • Resume building
  • Real-world financial experience
  • Opportunity to work as an investment banker for a week
  • Application of classroom studies
  • Hone deal making skills
  • Enhance and polish presentation, networking and team building capabilities
  • Cash prizes
    • $1,000 to the winning team from each Round 1
    • Additional $7,500 to the winning team from Round 2; $6,000 to be split between all other participants from Round 2


How It Works/Timetable

  • January/February 2018: Information distributed to students and faculty; Students submit their interest in participating
  • Teams are formed (deadline for team submission is February 15, 2018)
  • As in previous years, ACG Tampa Bay is happy and willing to provide support in promoting the ACG Cup competition through on-campus meetings with students, advisors and faculty
  • February 2018: Webinars are provided by the Merrill DataSite for students to participate and prepare
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018 - Case Study is distributed to all participants
  • Teams have one week to prepare their presentations for the competition on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at University Club of Tampa
  • Round Two will be the same case information as Round One – the winning teams are provided 90 minutes to make any changes they may want prior to presenting to the Round Two judges.

School Liasons

University of Florida - James Stevenson, Managing Director, Level Four Advisors, (727) 324-1220,
Vit Gulbis, Partner, Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP, (813) 501-3913,

University of South Florida - Thomas S. Ablum, President, Ablum Brown & Company, (312) 296-6996,
Josh Hamrick, HealthEdge Investment Partners, LLC, (813) 490-7109,

Rollins College - Sharon Danco, Sharon Docherty Danco, PLLC, (813) 340-5773;

University of Tampa - Trish Messina, Director of Client Service, Resources Global Professionals, (813)282-4412,
Christopher Swink, CEP, Senior Director, BNY Mellon Wealth Management (813)405-1223,
Meriam Guirguis, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, Commercial Lending, VALLEY NATIONAL BANK, Florida Division, (727) 451-2273;


ACG Tampa Bay Cup Chair - Marshall J. Morris, Managing Partner, Group125 LLC, (513) 284-9959,

ACG Tampa Bay Chapter Executive – Sherry Smith, Chapter Executive, ACG Tampa Bay, (813) 205-0776,