Saturday MARCH 25TH | 8 AM- 6:30 PM

JON M. HUNTSMAN HALL 2nd floor

The MBA Café and JMHH classrooms are all located on the 2nd floor of Huntsman Hall, The Wharton School, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Please note Security may ask for identification upon entering the building

Private Equity Competition

The Wharton Latin America Private Equity Competition (WHALAPEC), now in its sixth year, connects MBA students with private equity professionals from the leading funds investing in Latin America.  Competitors will have the opportunity to:

  • Present their investment thesis to top private equity fund managers, investment bankers and multinational institutions active in Latin America
  • Attend small group dinners and networking events with these professionals
  • Receive pre-competition coaching and constructive feedback
  • Hone their investment screening, due diligence and modeling skills

Cash Prizes

1st Place: $2,000

2nd Place: $1,000

3rd Place: $500

 

In order to give participants the most exposure to judges, and stimulate academic and professional growth, the competition will involve three Stages:

1. Pre-competition Coaching

Teams will attend a 20 minute conference call with their assigned coach/judge to receive initial feedback on investment thesis.

2. Preliminary Round (morning)

Teams will present investment thesis to a panel of judges composed of industry professionals. Presentations will last 20 minutes including Q&A from judges.


3. Final Round (afternoon)

In the final round, top teams from the Preliminary Round will be selected to re-present their investment thesis to all judges and to tougher Q&A.

 

Dates to Consider

February 17: Team Applications Due (send team roster and resumes to latinamericapecompetition@gmail.com).

February 22: Teams selected to participate will be notified.

March 1: Final registration deadlines for teams selected to participate.

March 25: Competition at Huntsman Hall, The Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA.

Private Equity Judges 

  • Sebastian Amui, Principal Investment Officer, IFC
  • Jacques Antebi, EVP, KIND Snacks and Board Member, Fondo de Fondos
  • Enrique Bascur, Managing Partner, Australis Partners
  • Fernando Bravo, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
  • Ricardo Jimenez, Principal, ACON Investments
  • George Osorio, Managing Partner, Conduit Capital Partners
  • Alexandre Porto, Vice President, Riverwood Capital
  • Stephen Sammut, Senior Fellow, The Wharton School
  • Goldie Shturman, Director, Woodbridge International
  • Peter Tropper, Former Chief Investment Officer, IFC

Private Equity Panelists

  • (Moderator): Stephen Sammut, Senior Fellow, The Wharton School
  • Jacques Antebi, EVP, KIND Snacks and Board Member, Fondo de Fondos
  • Ricardo Jimenez, Principal, ACON Investments
  • George Osorio, Managing Partner, Conduit Capital Partners
  • Gustavo Ferraro, Partner and Head of Latin America Markets, Gramercy
  • Dalmau Garcia, General Counsel and CAO, Victoria Capital Partners