Water Street Private Equity Case Challenge (PECC)

Water Street Private Equity Case Challenge (PECC)

  • The Water Street 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, three teams advance to the Booth Finals, where they formally present their proposals to a panel of private equity judges, who select a winning team to advance to the Oxford Global PE Challenge.

Read more on the Private Equity Case Challenge here.

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 2024. It is to be determined whether or not the competition will be hosted in-person in Oxford, UK, or on a virtual platform.

The 2022-2023 Oxford Global PE Challenge finalists were:

  • Chicago Booth
  • Oxford Said Business School, UK
  • University of Strathclyde

The 2023 Oxford Global PE Challenge competition took place in-person in Oxford on May 26, 2023. The winner of the 2023 Oxford Global PE Challenge was Chicago Booth for the proposed LBO of Pactiv Evergreen. Congratulations to our Chicago Booth team Christine Shtepani, Alec Hutcherson, Luccas Borges, and Isabel Dewhurst for their championship win!

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