Daniels College of Business Students Excel at International Investment Banking Competition

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Two groups of students from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business and interns from SDR Ventures, Inc. made it to the finals of the National Investment Banking Competition.

We obtain the best and brightest interns through our association with the Daniels College of Business.

Now in its seventh year, the National Investment Banking Competition (NIBC) is an international event, attracting undergraduate and MBA students from the top universities across North America, Asia and Europe, with the opportunity to attain international recognition from their peers and senior industry professionals.

This year’s competition required participants to perform a valuation of Lions Gate Media, the movie production company responsible for box office hits such as The Hunger Games and The Twilight Series. Of the 225 teams that entered the competition, only 16 MBA teams were invited to the final round, held in Vancouver, Canada. This year, the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business had two groups make it to the final round. These groups were also comprised of three of SDR Venture’s current and former interns - Colin Gorey, Tim Powers, and David Purinton.

Daniels Career Services has collaborated with SDR since 2010 to create a premiere internship that gives students hands on, real-world experience working in an investment bank. “We obtain the best and brightest interns through our association with the Daniels College of Business,” remarked Chris Bouck, Principal at SDR Ventures. “Our goal with the intern program has always been to provide students with an experience where they learn market-driven skills, which can then be used in real-world business situations.”

The NIBC is the perfect opportunity to use the knowledge gained in the classroom as well as internships. The final round of the competition required participants to structure an acquisition of Lions Gate by Time Warner, and present the deal structure to a panel of investment bankers and private equity managers.

After grueling hours of analysis and presentations, one of the DU teams was awarded 3rd place out of 16 finalist teams overall. SDR intern David Purinton credits his teams 3rd place performance to both his Daniels education and SDR internship.

“I’m grateful to have done so well in the competition but it was my first class business education and financial foundation that I learned from the Daniels College of Business that helped my team finish in the top three,” David said. “The real accolades go to the SDR team. When I came to SDR as an intern, I knew very little about investment banking, and the team was patient in teaching me the skills I needed to perform so well. SDR is a special investment bank that thrives on personal customer service and attention.”

The SDR team is growing and always looking for new talent to join its team. Recruiting for the new intern class has started, and if you are interested in becoming a member of the intern program, contact the Daniels Career Services office at danielscareers(at)du(dot)edu or SDR Ventures at awong(at)sdrventures(dot)com today.

About The Daniels College of Business
Founded in 1908, The Daniels College of Business is the top-ranked business college at the University of Denver, one of the country’s premier private universities. Daniels is globally recognized as a leader in providing an immersive and engaged business education. Grounded in ethics, our educational experience not only teaches students, it transforms lives. As a learning community, our students, faculty and staff nurture service, outreach and personal integrity as we proactively tackle the tough business issues of our day.

In May, 2013, Bloomberg Businessweek named Daniels as the one of the top ten undergraduate business programs in the country. In January 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Master of Science and Executive Master of Science degrees offered by the College’s Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management No. 65 out of 213 online business programs. In October 2012, the Financial Times, a major London-based business newspaper, ranked the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business Executive MBA (EMBA) Program as one of the world’s top 100 best, marking the fifth consecutive year that Daniels was included in the Financial Times EMBA rankings. In November, 2011, Global CEO Magazine ranked Daniels as the top business school in the Western U.S.

About SDR Ventures
SDR Ventures is a boutique investment bank serving the lower middle market, including companies with values up to $300 million. Operating beyond the confines of a traditional investment bank, SDR is reinventing the way business owners approach the market, offering transaction advisory, capital formation, strategic advisory and performance exchange services. Representatives of SDR Ventures offer securities through Colorado Financial Service Corporation, a FINRA member broker-dealer. SDR Ventures and Colorado Financial Service Corporation are separate entities.


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