Team of AUEB's Dept of Accounting & Finance won the local CFA Institute Research Challenge and will now compete against teams from EMEA on April 01-02, 2014


The Athens University of Economics and Business, Department of Accounting & Finance Team won the local CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute Research Challenge. The Team will now compete against teams from EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Africa), on April 01-02, 2014, in Milan, Italy.

How the Challenge works

Local CFA Societies host and launch an Investment Research Challenge in conjunction with the participating universities. The universities organize teams of 3-5 students who write a research report for a company selected by the CFA society. The subject of the analysis in the Greek competition was "Plaisio Computers S.A.".

Challenge Components

  • Analysis of a Public Company: Teams research a publicly traded company. Company management presents to the teams and participates in a Q&A session.

  • Faculty Advisors: Each team has a Faculty Advisor, who provides guidance and direction to the Team throughout all levels of competition.
  • Mentoring By a Professional Research Analyst: Each team works with an investment professional, who mentors the team on research process and reviews and critiques its report.
  • Writing a Research Report: Each team produces an initiation of coverage report on the chosen company. The report is reviewed and scored by a group of judges.
  • Presentation of Research to a High-Profile Panel of Experts: Teams present their research to a panel of experts from top financial institutions. The team with the highest combined report (50%) and presentation (50%) score is the winner.
  • Advancement to the CFA Institute Global Challenge: The winners of local competitions advance to compete against teams within their geographic region (America, Europe & Asia), culminating in a global finale competition.

The members of the Athens University of Economics and Business, Department of Accounting & Finance Team are:

Kaffe Charikleia, BSc student in Accounting & Finance,
Kontogianni Evgenia, BSc student in Accounting & Finance,
Santamouri Aikaterini, BSc student in Accounting & Finance,
Tsavalos Christos, PhD student in Finance, and
Tzakos Vassilis, BSc student in Accounting & Finance.

Faculty Advisors
Demirakos Efthimios, Assistant Professor of Accounting, Accounting & Finance Dept.
Leledakis George, Assistant Professor of Finance, Accounting & Finance Dept.

Efthymiou Vassilis, PhD, CFA, Portfolio Manager at European Reliance Asset Management.

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