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Duff & Phelps' YOUniversity Deal Challenge engages teams of business students from around the world to hone a broad range of skills, including mergers and acquisitions advisory, transaction opinions, disputes and investigations and valuation advisory.

The YOUniversity Deal Challenge encourages students to team up with their like-minded peers in hopes of being rewarded for their potential as future leaders in the finance field. For some participants, it has opened a door into the business world via an internship and later a full-time job with the company. Even better, all finalist teams receive thousands of dollars in scholarships. Working in teams, participants apply technical reasoning and critical thinking through key stages of the deal-making process. Together, they put those skills to work as they solve a complex transaction related to a key stage in business deal-making. If selected as finalists, teams present their solution to Duff & Phelps experts and nationally recognized professors.

The 2020 YOUniversity Deal Challenge is our most internationally-focused event yet, with participation from teams all over the world. Final events are currently underway in Chicago, Frankfurt, Singapore and Mumbai and the winning team will be announced soon. Registration for this year has closed. For details on the 2021 event, please email

Past Winners And Case Studies

Members of the US team, Andrew Chanin, Karthik Ganesh, Jonathan Zhao, Jake Silverman with Noah Gottdiener (CEO, Duff & Phelps)

Members of the winning team from London, Susan Chen, Carl Wei, Jasmine Hu

Members of the winning team from London, Susan Chen, Jasmine Hu, Carl Wei and Nils VanDeKerkhove (Duff & Phelps)

Members of the winning team from India, Prabal Gupta (winner representing Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, University of Delhi), Bhishm Chugan (faculty judge – SDA Bocconi Asia), Umankata Panigrahi (D&P), Sharlotte Carvalho (D&P)

Members of the University of Illinois team, Carl Robst, Jake Fernandez and Alex Gamsjaeger presenting during the 2018 YOUniversity Deal Challenge.

2018 winning team - Ben Iverson (Advisor), Jessica Landro, Tyler Hardy and Kyle Nordhagen from Brigham Young University.

2018 University of Illinois team - Carl Robst, Jake Fernandez and Alex Gamsjaeger.

2018 Auburn University team - Jimmy Brewster, Ben Yost and Ty Lamar.

Jessica Landro, Tyler Hardy and Kyle Nordhagen of Brigham Young University presenting at the 2018 event.

2018 Duff & Phelps YOUniversity Deal Challenge judges - Joe Hahn (University of Texas), Martin Essenburg (University of Pittsburgh) and Mark Mondello (Duff & Phelps).

2018 winning team from Brigham Young University with Noah Gottdiener (CEO, Duff & Phelps).

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