Competition Details


Welcome to the American Bankruptcy Institute 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.


In addition to the case presentations, there is a sponsored networking cocktail reception and a dinner with prominent keynote speaker, Prof. David A. Skeel, a former ABI Scholar and S. Samuel Arsht, Professor of Corporate Law at The University of Pennsylvania School of Law.


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


Those who enter receive the case vehicle/problem by electronic mail one (1) week before the competition.

How to Enter

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

Where and When

The 2010 case competition will occur at The Wharton School on November 5, 2010. Lodging will be provided at the Inn at Penn

Top Three Teams

In addition to team and individual trophies, there were cash prizes awarded for the top three 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.

2010 Schedule

Thursday, November 4

6:00–7:00 pm: Welcome reception at the Inn at Penn; ABI registration desk open
7:00–10:00 pm:

Dinner with Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy judges and invited guests.

Keynote speech by Prof. David A. Skeel.

Friday, November 5

7:30–8:45 am

Breakfast - draw for team numbers

Team deliverables due at 7:30 a.m.

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: $200 per team
Lodging: Included (2 rooms with double beds for each out of town team)
Meals: Included
Travel: Responsibility of each participating team




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