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TMA NYC Proudly Announces the Winners of the 2021 Student Paper Competition


TMA New York Student Paper Competition Winners Announced | March 2021

Continuing a long-standing tradition of the Chapter, TMA New York is pleased to announce the winners of its semi-annual Student Paper Competition.

The TMA New York Student Paper Competition* recognizes outstanding student achievement in the field of corporate renewal, as well as research that may offer new insight into the profession and expand TMA’s university outreach. The program establishes building blocks for future relationships with those students who have submitted papers, some of whom may eventually enter the industry full-time.

Students enrolled in an MBA program or equivalent business-related master’s degree program at an accredited university in the New York City area were eligible to enter. The competition judges and evaluates the papers based on established criteria, including relevance to issues pertinent to corporate distress, financial restructuring, and reorganization; well-written, clearly constructed, and thorough treatment of the subject; originality of the subject and its interpretation; and depth of research and quality of analysis and presentation.

* Student papers express the opinions of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the directors, officers or members of the TMA.

First Place:
Kartikeya Dar, Nazar Kamenchenko, Tae Kim, and Konstantin Malyshkin from Columbia University’s Business School have been awarded first place for their paper entitled AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. Building the cinema experience of tomorrow.  PDF iconClick to read the paper.

Second Place:
David Wilmerding, Darshan Kesaria, Julian Stern, and Fangxin Hu from New York University Stern School of Business have been awarded second place for their paper entitled Lessons from the Retail Industry: Impacting Factors of Default Prediction Model. PDF iconClick to read the paper.

Third Place:
Di Hu, Nathan Eckhous, Jessica Wolfson, and Menglin Zhang from New York University Stern School of Business have been awarded third place for their paper entitled Neiman Marcus Bankruptcy. PDF iconClick to read the paper.

“We are pleased with the quality of the students’ submissions this year.  I appreciate and acknowledge the work of the Committee’s members who have helped set the standards, grade the students’ papers, and coordinate the results,” said Purav Adiecha, who serves as Chair of the Academic Relations Committee of the TMA New York Chapter.

The TMA NYC Academic Relations Committe
Director | Chair, Purav Adiecha, AlixPartners, LLP
Vice Chair, Patryk Szafranski, AlixPartners, LLP
Prof. Edward Altman, NYU, Stern School of Business
Mitchell Brand, Blank Rome LLP
David Forsh, Thompson Hine LLP
Joseph Frantz, MIII Partners LP
Archibald Gabriel, Alvarez and Marsal
David Greenblatt, B. Riley Advisory Services
Larry Halperin, Chapman and Cutler LLP
William Hao, Alston & Bird
Sharmeen Khan, FTI Consulting
Bert Weil, Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC

See last year’s winners here.