Private Equity Case Challenge (PECC)

Private Equity Case Challenge (PECC)


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 advance to the PECC Booth Finals round, where they formally present their proposals to a panel of private equity judges, who select a winner.

Oxford Global Private Equity Competition

The winner of the PECC is given the opportunity to compete against teams from other elite business school in the Oxford Global Private Equity Challenge for a cash prize. The Oxford Global Private Equity Challenge will take place in spring 2021. It is to be determined whether or not the competition will be hosted in-person in Oxford, UK, or on a virtual platform.

The 2019-2020 Oxford Global Private Equity Competition finalists were:

  • Chicago Booth
  • Cornell SC Johnson Graduate School
  • ESADE, Spain
  • Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
  • HEC Liege, Belgium
  • HEC Paris, France
  • INSEAD, France
  • London Business School, UK
  • Oxford Said Business School, UK
  • SDA Bocconi School of Management, Italy

The in-person competition events were canceled due to the global pandemic. However, the judging panel met virtually on March 27, 2020 to consider the submissions of the finalist teams. The winner of the 2020 Oxford Global PE Challenge was the team from Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, for the proposed LBO of Medspace. The judges also commended the Chicago Booth submission on B&G Foods.

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