Chicago Booth
Investment Banking Group

Events and Conferences

During the investment banking recruiting season (fall quarter and early winter quarter) you should consult the Career Services company presentations calendar which changes very frequently.

LBO Challenge

The LBO Challenge is a case competition in which first-year Booth students compete against each other to determine whether a potential LBO target is a good buyout candidate. Students work in groups of four to analyze the deal and submit a presentation with their analysis. The top teams then present to a panel of judges. The Challenge serves as an opportunity to apply recently-learned valuation techniques and overall industry analysis. Judges determine the winning team based on the overall presentation, quality of the analysis, and responses to questions posed by the judges.

IBG Conference

Held in Chicago in the fall, this conference offers opportunities for networking with banks as well as career panels featuring current industry professionals.

Current full-time Chicago Booth students are eligible to attend the IBG Conference by becoming a member of the Investment Banking Group. IBG reaches out to banks that have attended in previous years to invite them to the conference. If you have not attended before and are interested in attending, please email the IBG co-chairs at ibgcochairs@lists.chicagobooth.edu

Bank Week

Bank Week provides Chicago Booth students an opportunity to visit banks in New York City during the week after the fall quarter ends. The IBG arranges for banks to host students for lunches, presentations, cocktails and other networking events. Students participate in informational interviews and those interested in Sales & Trading often arrange to sit on trading desks while in New York for Bank Week. The IBG co-chairs will provide more details on schedules and how to prepare as Bank Week nears.

Valuation and Modeling Seminars

The IBG brings in professional instructors for two seminars: Valuation 101 and Financial Modeling 101. These seminars will ensure that you hit the ground running during your summer internship in investment banking. Valuation 101, through practical examples and exercises, illustrates the fundamentals of popular valuation techniques used by Wall Street practitioners, and discusses applications of key valuation concepts such as EBITDA, Enterprise Value, WACC, accretion / dilution and LBOs. Through this seminar and other IBG activities, you will be prepared for your investment banking interviews. Financial Modeling 101 is an intensive two-day workshop designed to develop financial modeling skills through actual hands-on construction of a financial model. Each participant will build their own interactive financial model from scratch to practice blending accounting, finance, and Excel skills.

Other Events

In addition to these major events, the IBG holds events on campus including student panels about the recruiting process, resume reviews and mock interviews, and education workshops held by banks on topics such as M&A and IPO case studies.