Private Equity Case Challenge (PECC)

Private Equity Case Challenge (PECC)

Overview

The Chicago Booth Private Equity Case Challenge (PECC), generously supported by Chicago-area private equity firm Water Street, is a case competition that enables teams from Chicago Booth to assess the potential for a leveraged buyout of a publicly-listed company.

To participate, Chicago Booth students must form teams, select from a list of case options posted in the early fall term, and apply with a case and financial model.

From the pool of applicants, six teams are selected to participate in a Semi Finals round to interview with a panel of private equity judges. Following the Semi Finals round, four teams advance to the Booth Finals, where they formally present their proposals to a panel of private equity judges, who select a winner to advance to the Oxford Global PE Challenge.

Oxford Global PE Competition

The winner of the PECC is given the opportunity to compete against teams from other elite business school in the Oxford Global PE Challenge for a cash prize. The Oxford Global PE Challenge will take place in spring 2022. It is to be determined whether or not the competition will be hosted in-person in Oxford, UK, or on a virtual platform.

The 2021-2022 Oxford Global PE Challengefinalists were:

  • Chicago Booth
  • Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
  • Oxford Said Business School, UK
  • Cambridge Judge Business School, UK

The 2021 Oxford Global PE Challenge competition took place virtually on May 28, 2021. The winner of the 2021 Oxford Global PE Challenge was Chicago Booth for the proposed LBO of Evoqua Water Techologies. Congratulations to our Chicago Booth team Justin Chang, MBA ’22, Jake Hesselroth, MBA ’22, Nick Noglows, MBA ’22, and Donna Quinlan, MBA ’22, for their championship win!

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