Competition Details


Welcome to the American Bankruptcy Institute/Kellogg School of Management Corporate Restructuring Competition. The purpose of the competition is to provide an opportunity for students from leading business schools to solve a hypothetical realistic business case of a distressed company, before an audience of experts in the turnaround/crisis management/restructuring industries.


The competition was co-sponsored by one of the nation's elite business schools and the premier educational institute in the field of insolvency.


In addition to the case presentations, there was a sponsored networking cocktail reception and a dinner with prominent keynote speaker, Peter J. Wallison, Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Click here to read the transcript of the speech.


The interaction between student teams and industry professionals contributes to student development and to the professionalism of turnaround/crisis management.

How to Enter

Please contact Shannon Nelligan at ABI, (703) 739-0800 or

Where and When

The 2009 case competition occurred at Wieboldt Hall (340 East Superior Street; Chicago) Kellogg School of Management on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, November 5-6, 2009. Lodging was provided at the Westin Michigan Avenue (909 N. Michigan Ave; Chicago, IL 60611).


Those who entered received the case vehicle/problem one (1) week before the competition.

Team prizes

In addition to team and individual trophies, there were cash prizes awarded for the top four teams in the competition.

First place: $6,000
Second place: $3,500
Third place: $2,500

The first-place team earned a space on the Bettina M. Whyte Trophy, permanently housed at the ABI.

2009 Schedule

Thursday, November 5

6:00–7:00 pm: Welcome reception at the Westin Michigan Avenue; ABI registration desk open
7:00–10:00 pm: Dinner with Chicago Bankruptcy judges, ABI members and guests at the Westin Michigan Avenue with a keynote speech given by American Enterprise Institute Scholar Peter J. Wallison, Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies.

Friday, November 6

7:30–8:45 am Breakfast - draw for team numbers
8:15-8:45 am Judges' Meeting
8:45–9:25 am Round 1A (Teams 1-6)
9:35–10:15 am Round 1B (Teams 7-12)
10:25-11:05 am Round 2A (Teams 1-6)
11:15-11:55 am Round 2B (Teams 7-12)
12:00-1:00 pm Judges' Scoring Meeting to determine finalists
12:15–1:45 pm Luncheon
1:00-1:30 pm First Feedback Session followed by Announcement of Finalists
2:30-3:15 pm Finalist Team 1
3:25-4:10 pm Finalist Team 2
4:20-5:05 pm Finalist Team 3
5:05–5:45 pm Judges' Scoring Meeting to determine winner
5:30–7:00 pm Cocktails, second feedback session and awards

Fees and Costs

Entrance Fee: $100 per team
Lodging: Included
Meals: Included
Travel: Responsibility of each participating team




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