HHL Finance Case Challenge | Cologne – powered by SMP


Koeln Dom Bruecke Nacht


Cologne office SMP, Gereonstraße 18-32, 50670 Köln


January 18, 2024

10.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m. (CET)


Apply until January 08, 2024:

HHL Finance Case Challenge | Cologne

From Crisis Mode to Sustainable Business: How to restructure and transform firms?
Powered by Struktur Management Partner (SMP)

You want to experience how firms in crisis can be turned around? You are curious how in the real-world considerations regarding strategic management, digital transformation, and corporate finance play hand-in-hand? If you are a current bachelor’s student or a recent graduate in Business or Economics, then this is your call to apply for our HHL Finance Case Challenge | Cologne powered by Struktur Management Partner (SMP) where we put you in the shoes of turnaround practitioners.

Our corporate partner SMP invites you to their Cologne office where you will find yourself in the middle of a turnaround project team assigned to the task of rescuing a firm in crisis. Your team will be mentored and challenged by experts from SMP while analyzing the firm in crisis, identifying short- as well as long-term improvement measures and preparing a pitch to the capital providers. After your pitch discussion with our jury, we will come together for dinner and drinks to conclude the event.
In preparation of the Finance Case Challenge, HHL’s faculty is going to provide an on-demand mini-lecture to introduce you to the topic and equip you with useful tools to master the challenge.

Your profile

  • You are a current bachelor’s 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 into the world of finance
  • You are up for a challenge and ready to tackle it with a team of other highly motivated peers.
Felix Schwabedal
Partner | SMP

Corporate finance ensures sensible goals, effective management and clear communication. Thus, it puts checks and balances on the success of strategy and leadership. The business model-specific application of finance is a fine art – and our life insurance in the business borderline situations of turnaround management. We are looking forward to meeting young talents and sharing our expertise during the Finance Case Challenge.

All facts at a glance:


Thursday, January 18, 2024*, 10.00 am – 8.00 pm (CET)

*subject to change


Cologne office SMP, Gereonstraße 18-32, 50670 Köln

How to apply

Application deadline: January 08
Step 1: Save your spot.
Step 2: After your registration, you will receive an email from us (please check your spam folder) with a request to send us your current CV (or LinkedIn profile link) as well as your transcript (if available) to complete your application.
Step 3: You will be notified regarding your participation latest one week before the event.

We are looking forward to your application!
Please note: The workshop will be held in German and in person.


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