LBS students beat 126 teams at Harvard Case Competition

Masters in Finance students land first place at a finance and strategic management Case Competition


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A team of five Masters in Finance (MiF) students from London Business School (LBS) has won a Harvard Global Case Competition, beating 126 rival teams from top universities such as INSEAD, Harvard, Wharton and HEC Paris. 

The event brought together students with finance and business backgrounds from across the world to compete at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on a finance case involving strategic management. 

The winning team, comprising full-time MiF students Chin Ta Sim, Adrian Ho, Marston Litvinsky, Salman Alam and Lucas Servido, received a cash prize worth approximately US$10,000 (£7,796). 

Speaking on behalf of the team, Chin Ta said: “This was a great opportunity for us to learn, interact with other international students, grow our network and meet professionals within the finance industry.”

The two-day event was organised by the Harvard Extension Business Society and the International Finance Student Association. The LBS students also attended a networking event and leadership conference in Boston, Massachusetts, with some of the best finance and economics minds from across the globe.

The team faced an unexpected challenge at the final presentation: Lucas Servido’s flight to Boston was cancelled the night before, threatening the group’s chances of delivering a polished performance.  
Chin Ta said: “When Lucas’s flight was cancelled, we all scrambled to include his section of the presentation. With just 12 hours to go, we managed to pull through and emerged victorious!

“We travelled to Boston to present after emerging as one of the top 10 teams in the preliminary round and felt extremely proud to eventually be declared the champions, particularly as the other teams from top US and Europe business schools were impressive.”

The students were honoured at an awards gala at the Prudential Tower in Boston following the competition.