HHL Finance Case Challenge 2023 powered by Ardian and Roland Berger


HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Jahnallee 59, 04105 Leipzig / November 03-04, 2023


November 03-04, 2023

1.00 p.m. (CEST)


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Up for a challenge?

You are always up for a challenge and Finance is your passion? Then join HHL and our corporate partners from private equity and consulting, Ardian and Roland Berger, for our first in-person HHL Finance Case Challenge! If you are a current bachelor student or a recent graduate in Business or Economics, then this is your call to apply for this unforgettable experience where we put you in the shoes of M&A practitioners.

The Challenge

On day 1, you will find yourself in the M&A buy-side team of a strategic investor planning to takeover a competitor.  Your team will be mentored and challenged by experienced transaction experts from Roland Berger while analyzing the target, potential synergies and preparing a pitch to the target’s management board. After your pitch discussion with our jury, we will take off to a nice dinner in Leipzig’s vibrant city center.

On day 2, we switch perspectives, and you will work in a private equity (PE), i.e., financial investor, acquisition team.  This time, you will analyze the potential target based on a leveraged buyout (LBO) logic, and you will receive guidance and sparring from the Ardian expansion team. You will pitch your results to the PE’s investment committee.

Finally, we will crown the best teams of day 1 and day 2 before we come together for an on-campus barbecue to conclude the event.

For both days, HHL’s faculty is going to provide on-demand mini-lectures to introduce you to the topics and equip you with useful tools to master the challenge.

The overnight stay in Leipzig and the complete catering during the 2-day workshop will be provided.

Your profile

  • You are a current bachelor student or a recent graduate in Business, Economics or alike.
  • You have above average grades and/or some first relevant practical experiences.
  • You have a passion for finance and strategy, and some very first insights on the world of finance (e.g., you have heard how to value an investment and what a discount rate is).
  • You are up for a challenge and ready to tackle it with a team of other highly motivated peers.
Dr. Maximilian Schreiter
Assistant Professor | Acting Chair, Chair of Mergers & Acquisitions at HHL

We are very proud that our case study competition this year is a joint project with outstanding partners from the private equity and M&A consulting sectors. Both Ardian and Roland Berger are known not only for their great expertise and global success, but also for their special understanding of entrepreneurial challenges. Students who accept our challenge will gain a deeper understanding of the fascination but also the risks of corporate transactions in two intensive days and by that make many new contacts. I am really looking forward to it!

Max Dolata
Director at Ardian

As participant of the HHL Finance Case Challenge, you can expect to experience firsthand how a Private Equity fund analyses an investment case in a real-life setting. Accompanied with a short introduction of theoretical background by HHL professors, you get valuable insights into the very practically oriented teaching at HHL. Last but not least you will have lots of fun and good times connecting with Roland Berger and Ardian as well as HHL students.

Andreas Grille
Partner at Roland Berger | M&A Advisory

At the HHL Finance Case Challenge, you will have the exiting opportunity to learn from senior M&A advisors how to position and sell a company in a value maximizing fashion. Jörg Brunner and Andreas Grille from the Roland Berger M&A Advisory practice will share their multi-year practical experience to complement HHL’s thorough theoretical M&A education foundation. We will make sure that you and all fellow participants will enjoy two fun days with Ardian and Roland Berger.

All facts at a glance


  • Friday, November 03, 2023, 11.00 pm – 9.00 pm (CET)
  • Saturday, November 04, 2023, 10.00 am – 7.00 pm (CET)


HHL Campus, Jahnallee 59, 04109 Leipzig

Application deadline

October 15, 2023

We are looking forward to your application!

Please note:  The workshop will be held in English.


Jana Vogel
Tel.: +49 341 9851-611
Email:  financechallenge@hhl.de

Johanna Echterhoff
HHL alumna, Strategic Assistant to CFO | Elmos

The HHL Finance Case Challenge was a perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded people and to further discover what the Master in Management | Finance will look like. I am looking forward to more HHL spirit during my studies at HHL.

Lea Gruber
HHL alumna, Associate | BCG

At the HHL Finance Case Challenge, I had the opportunity to compete with other Bachelor graduates from top universities on an exciting M&A case. What made the case special was the support by real financial experts sharing memorable insights on strategic planning and deal execution.

Maximilian Harr
HHL alumnus | Finance, Investment Banking Analyst | Goldman Sachs

Personally, I really liked the fact that we could work together in diverse and international groups to complete a challenging case on valuing and structuring an M&A deal. Since many participants turned out to become future HHL students it was also a great way to start networking and getting to know HHL better.

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

HHL is a university-level institution and ranks amongst the leading international business schools. The goal of the oldest business school in German-speaking Europe is to educate entrepreneurial, responsible and effective business leaders. HHL stands out for its excellent teaching, its clear research focus, its effective knowledge transfer into practice as well as its outstanding student services. Study programs include Master in Management programs (General Management, Finance), a Master in Entrepreneurship program as well as  MBA programs (General Management, Finance). All programs can be completed full-time or mostly also part-time. HHL also runs a Doctoral Program. The HHL Executive Education offers state-of-the-art management seminars for executive talents. Besides its main campus in Leipzig, the university maintains study locations in Cologne and Munich. HHL is accredited by AACSB International and ACQUIN. hhl.de