Excel Webinars by 2016 Finalist Philip Trick


Next Month, 2016 ModelOff World Championship Finalist Philip Trick will be leading an hour-long webinar on the Get & Transform tool. This is a part of a series of Microsoft Excel webinars Philip has decided to host to share his insight about the program we all know and love. Apply Below!

Webinar 1: Date and Time
Tuesday August 15th
1pm EST (Central, United States)

Webinar Access and Resources
Register your details here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5052583968800635650

Philip will be working through Dealing with Data, a ModelOff 2014 question. You can download it at www.modeloff.com/questions

Executive Summary
The Get & Transform tool, formerly available as the PowerQuery add-in, began coming fully packaged with Excel in 2016. The tool incorporates a series of powerful data management features that make cleaning and connecting data fast and easy. I will create a live solution to the ModelOff 2014 “Dealing With Data” workbook nearly entirely with Get & Transform to demonstrate how you can not only quickly create the solution but then re-purpose and re-use that solution with other data sources.

As part of this webinar, each of the following topics will be quickly discussed and used to solve our problem.
1) Priming Data for Get & Transform
2) Simple Data Cleansing
3) Text Splitting
4) Calculated Column Creation
5) Data Conversion
6) Table Merging
7) Data Sorting
8) Data Output
9) Re-Pointing Get & Transform

This webinar will demonstrate the power, speed, and ease of use the Get & Transform tool brings to even non-power users by quickly solving a problem that can be daunting and error prone with formula-based solutions.

ModelOff & Ansarada Partnership

ModelOff is delighted to welcome ansarada as a new major Partner across the Financial Modeling World Championships and World Series of ModelOff Global Training Camps (GTC). The new Partnership celebrates ModelOff and ansarada’s commitment to nurturing the Finance community and growing tomorrow’s leaders.

“ansarada’s innovative nature pairs nicely with the forward-thinking nature ModelOff participants embody. They have used their data and insight from 20,000 deals to model out and build the world’s first deal AI engine that predicts bidder outcomes early in deals and are soon to launch a whole new material information platform to help advisors and companies get ready and prepared for success in all types of material events.” said ansarada founder Sam Riley.

ModelOff is extremely proud of ansarada’s achievements and rapidly growing presence around the world as a leading provider of software to support M&A and deal making professionals. Established in Australia, with offices in London, Frankfurt, The Netherlands, Johannesburg, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Singapore, ansarada adopts a customer-centric approach to product development.

“We respect and admire the focus ansarada has for innovation and finance” commented ModelOff founder Johann Odou. “Their willingness to go beyond the current thinking and in search of where the industry in going next is one of the things that makes ansarada such an exciting organisation”, says Odou.

ModelOff looks forward to working with ansarada’s dynamic team to deliver the World Series of ModelOff GTCs as well as the 2017 Financial Modeling World Championship. The World Series of GTCs for 2017 will be held in the following cities: Sydney, London, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong and Toronto. ModelOff also welcomes back New York to host the finals for the 2017 ModelOff Financial ModelOff World Championship.

ModelOff Round 1 kicks off September 23rd 2017 and registrations are still open at www.modeloff.com.

 

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Creating an environment of success for women in finance and technology: 9 amazing women share their stories

It is not a secret that there is a lack of gender diversity in the finance and technology workforce. This lack of diversity is obvious to even a casual observer despite recent efforts to engage more women in educational and career pathways within the finance and technology fields.

In operating across these industries, we’ve had the privilege of working alongside many highly successful women in the finance and technology sectors. These women are the wonderful role-models for any woman who wants to succeed in these competitive but rewarding industries. We have taken the time to chat with several of these women to uncover their stories and identify what they see as the most important learnings from their own careers and what they think still needs to happen to improve gender diversity in the workplaces.

Natalie Bayfield
Lecturer, MPhil Real Estate Finance, University of Cambridge
Chairwomen, Bayfield Training

What’s the number one attribute that helped you get where you are in your career?
“Drive. It’s an innate thing and I don’t know where it comes from. If I did, I would probably look for another way of satisfying it, other than running a company. Starting and running a business isn’t easy. You must maintain faith and believe in what you are doing every step of the way.”

What are the top three things organisations can do to support women’s progress in the workforce?
“Always make sure women are represented, in almost everything the company does… The more they are represented more women will learn the confidence to put themselves forward and, I believe, the issue will then eventually begin to fix itself.”

“Actively encourage Dad’s to go their kid’s sports day, even if it’s in the afternoon. They want to go; they just need permission sometimes to value their family above work. Men are victims of cultural legacies as well as women and you can’t fix it for one gender and not the other.”

“Make sure women have the same access to training. In 20 years, I have literally taught tens-of-thousands of delegates and students around the world… A very optimistic estimate of my audience overall is 20 per cent women… It’s hardly surprising that there are not more women financial modellers if they’re not being trained.”

It is often said that men and women have different leadership styles. What has been your experience?
“I don’t agree with this. Leadership is leadership. However, I do think men and women work differently… Leadership on the other hand is all about confidence and vision. Gender is irrelevant. Think of any woman you admire. If she started championing a cause you cared deeply about, would you follow her?”


Maria Shevchenko
Senior Level Data and Analytics Executive at S&P Global Marketing Intelligence
Vice President, EMEA Investment Banking Product & Market Development

What’s the number one attribute that helped you get where you are in your career?
“I believe it was staying true to myself and dedication. I knew that I wanted to succeed in my life (or at least to try to) and I realised fairly early that the only way I could do it is by being myself.”

“I am a woman and I act like one irrespective of the industry I work in. This does not mean that I am lesser in any way but it does mean that I am different… know I can bring a lot to the table, I am smart, I am dedicated and I truly believe that diverse opinions lead to better outcomes.”

What are the top three challenges you have had to overcome to achieve success in your career? And how did you overcome them?
“Being seen equal to men… I am as knowledgeable, hardworking, quick to pick things up as they are. I am not perfect but I am equal.  The only way I have been able to overcome this challenge is by quality of my work and the expertise I bring to the table.”

“Doubting in my own abilities – thus limiting my own progress…I realised that I am setting my own limitations at work by being more cautious, humble, risk averse… I had to dig deeper to acknowledge this and then to actively change it.”

It is often said that men and women have different leadership styles. What has been your experience?
“Yes I would agree with this statement. In my experience, I see the difference. While many attributes are the same, I find that we women are much more empathetic and risk averse. We tend to spend a little more time on the people factor… Decision-wise, I have noticed that we typically think things through, especially when dealing with more complex situations to ensure that we are taking decisions rationally based on facts and not emotions.”


Danielle Stein Fairhurst
Principal, Financial Modelling Specialist at Plum Solutions

What are the top three challenges you have had to overcome to achieve success in your career? And how did you overcome them?
“Working with multiple clients… Managing my workflow can be a huge challenge and prioritising is something I’ve had to become good at over the past few years.”

“I wouldn’t call my beautiful children “challenges” by any stretch, but fitting my work around my home life was always a really big motivator for me in starting the business. It was tricky at first because I’ve always done a lot of travelling which I absolutely love – but somehow we make it work and I wouldn’t have it any other way!”

What are the top three things organisations can do to support women’s progress in the workforce?
“Many women opt out of the workforce entirely because of this whole “all or nothing” approach to maternity leave and going back to work… When it’s time to go back, most women (understandably) aren’t prepared to go back to the crazy hours they were doing before and they feel they have no choice but to quit entirely. If companies can somehow make it acceptable to transition to fewer hours, it will allow more parents to feel they have a choice, so keeping them in the workforce.”

“In banking, in particular, this culture of long hours, sending emails at crazy hours or sleeping under the desk as a badge of honour is enough to make many women run a mile. I’m a big fan of hard work, and putting in the hours is certainly a great way to get ahead which is fine for a short time in your life but this kind of behaviour should not become so ingrained in the culture that parents feel they have no place in the organisation. Fortunately, this is starting to change and I see many managers setting a great example for their staff by leaving the office at a reasonable hour.”

“Companies can promote equality by supporting both men and women in the workplace by setting an expectation that new fathers take equal time off work as new mothers. If the mother returns to work, it should be expected and completely normal that the father takes some time off or works reduced hours to support the transition. And it’s totally ok for them to work part-time – same as it is for women!”

What is the best advice you would give to a female entering the workforce today in your industry? 
“I’d give the same advice to any financial modeller starting out, whether they are male or female… Speak out! If you’re in a meeting and you can contribute in any way, then speak up and make your presence known. The corporate world (in fact our western society as a whole) rewards those with extroverted tendencies and financial modellers are often detail-orientated people who tend, in general, to be more reticent… If you’re new to the company and a little unsure of yourself then I know you’d probably much rather sit in the corner and talk to your Excel formulae, but getting out there and having your voice heard is an important career move.”


Marta Izquierdo
Director of Public Affairs and Institutional Relations – Europe at U-TAD, Ilion Animation Studios and Pyro Mobile

What’s the number one attribute that helped you get where you are in your career?
“Initiative, constancy and self-education. I know these are three attributes but by having initiative is how I went for the other two… Having initiative will make you become someone that is not afraid of leaving the “comfortable zone” where we all love to stay, and learn a lot.”

What are the top three challenges you have had to overcome to achieve success in your career? And how did you overcome them?
“My biggest challenge was to fund my own business, and after 10 years, close it having to change completely my professional orientation. I started in the audio-visual sector, producing TV documentaries, advertisements and multiplatform solutions… With the Spanish crisis, we closed and I had to reorient my life – with initiative and self-confidence in my abilities as a manager, good communicator, and being able to acquire new knowledge by myself. I started to manage a cluster of companies in the audio-visual and digital sector and began a very interesting career that introduced me to the digital and high tech/innovation world in a role is normally occupied by men.”

It is often said that men and women have different leadership styles. What has been your experience?
“I really think it depends on the person not on the gender, but I believe women are more open to what their team says.”


Olga Bennet
Financial Modelling Analyst at Transport for London

What are the top three things organisations can do to support women’s progress in the workforce?
“Leading by example and setting a culture where every idea is judged on its merit, not its source.”

“Supporting part-time and flexible working for a time can be an absolute life-line for women staying in work and progressing their career.”

“Mixed interview panels have been proven to even out unconscious bias and correct the ratio of men to women.”

What is the best advice you would give to a female entering the workforce today in your industry? 
“This is going to sound anti-feminist, but if we want our ideas to do the talking, we need to take away any barriers that people may have in considering our ideas at face value. If you want to be taken seriously, consciously consider and manage your image – the way you dress, the way you speak, the time you get to the office, the ‘trivial’ topics of conversation at the water fountains all make a bigger difference than you might think and pave the way for your ideas to be taken seriously (or not). And know your stuff!”


Dr. Felienne Hermans
Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology
Organizer of Joy of Coding
Founder of Infotron BV

What’s the number one attribute that helped you get where you are in your career?
“Enthusiasm!”

What are the top three things organisations can do to support women’s progress in the workforce?
“Diversity “scan”: hire a professional to see how well you are doing.”

“Inclusiveness training.”

“Promote/hire based on clear checklists and not gut feeling or potential; there are bias traps!”


Hilary Smart
Manager at Operis
2013 Financial Modeling World Champion (www.modeloff.com)

What’s the number one attribute that helped you get where you are in your career?
“Technical capability – I studied mathematics at university and without a strong numerical background I wouldn’t have got off the ground.  Having said this, as I have become more senior other (more traditionally “feminine”) attributes have become increasingly important, such as the ability to juggle multiple projects and the emotional intelligence to deal well with more junior employees and clients.”

What are the top three challenges you have had to overcome to achieve success in your career? And how did you overcome them?
“I have a tendency to underestimate and/or understate my capabilities. Winning a world championship has helped to cure me of this (a little!).”

What are the top three things organisations can do to support women’s progress in the workforce?
“Try to recognise any institutional biases (e.g. old boys’ networks, tendency to hire people who “fit in” (where this is code for “the same as people we already have”)) and correct for these as much as possible.”

“Provide good support for both men and women who are parents.  Be open to flexible working arrangements, particularly for the few years when individuals are parenting young children and might otherwise withdraw from the workforce.”

“Help to mentor women who show potential (perhaps whilst still at university, if this is possible.)”


Tiki Cheung
Vice President, Valuations & Business Modelling at EY

What are the top three challenges you have had to overcome to achieve success in your career? And how did you overcome them?
“Self-doubt – wondering whether I am really capable of achieving my goals or if I’m even qualified to do so… I have learned to accept that I don’t need to be perfect or completely ready before I take on a new challenge or role – overcoming the uncertainty makes accomplishing a goal that much more rewarding.”

“Trying to please everyone – early on in my career I found it very difficult to say no to requests at work and would spread myself too thin… I tried to be more open and candid with the people I worked with regarding my workload and commitments. I realized there are often simple solutions that are being overlooked and that others can be quite flexible when you try to speak up and ask for what you really need.”

“Not asking for things – When there were interesting assignments, I used to hope that the engagement manager would just inherently know that I wanted to work on a file or that I was very qualified to lead the project. A mentor of mine challenged me to say no to things that I had done for years and to seek out new opportunities that would allow me to grow and gain experience. I realized that, while I may not just have work handed to me, there’s still absolutely no harm in asking. This way, at least someone knows you’re keen and interested, and will remember that the next time an opportunity comes up.”

What is the best advice you would give to a female entering the workforce today in your industry?
“Get involved – organizations often have committees and programs that offer women the opportunity to build leadership skills and make valuable connections to expand both internal and external networks.”


Emilie Ferrieu
Senior Associate, Business Modelling Services at PwC

What are the top three challenges you have had to overcome to achieve success in your career? And how did you overcome them?
“Learning to manage expectations and drawing the line with the demands of bosses and fellow co-workers. In my industry, work never stops and there is always something to do so it is important to speak up and set your own terms to prevent frustration or burnout… actively communicate and set realistic and attainable goals that lead to better outcomes and satisfied bosses.”

“Earning credibility was also difficult as a female in a predominantly male industry… leaders will often first consider the employees who are most like them for career-advancing opportunities instead of objectively recognizing work quality. I understand this reality, but have earned my credibility over time through my hard work as well as actively working to find common ground with the people with whom I work.”

What is the best advice you would give to a female entering the workforce today in your industry? 
“To not be afraid to ask for what you want and be assertive. Whether you would like more responsibilities, to be promoted, or get a raise, don’t just assume you will automatically get it because you have been working hard. It takes a while to prove yourself but it is your responsibility to be vocal about what you think you deserve. Be confident in your abilities and keep your expectations clear to everyone.”

In summary, it is hard not to notice that many of these successful women highlight the importance of speaking out, of making themselves known within their organisations. Even though this was often personally challenging to these women, they nevertheless viewed it as essential to overcome what they perceived to be ingrained gender biases that favoured the status quo. They talked about asking for things, speaking up in meetings and showing you are keen rather than assuming that hard work and technical ability will be enough to deliver success. What was perhaps surprising is that so many women highlighted the importance of organisations supporting both men and women to be effective in the parenting role, particularly when children are young, as a means of keeping good minds in the workforce. Many of these women had not personally solved the thorny issue of work-life balance but it is encouraging to see these successful women speak out against the unrealistic hours and culture that continue to persist in some sections of the finance and technology sectors.

ModelOff 2017 Finals heading back to New York

Thursday 8th December 2016
Professional Services Champions League (PSCL) is pleased to announce that the Top 16 Finals of the 2017 Financial Modeling World Championship will return to the host city of New York City USA in early-December 2017. This will be the 6th world championship finals event in 2017, the world’s largest competition for Finance, Accounting, Advanced Excel and Investment professionals.

The ModelOff team would like to thank all supporters from the United Kingdom and Europe over the past two years, particularly the CFA Institute UK and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) who have greatly supported the growth of the ModelOff in the United Kingdom in 2015 and 2016 among Finance, Accounting, Banking and Investment communities. Registrations are now open for ModelOff Championships 2017 >>

Global Training Camps 2017
Spots are now available to the highly-popular ModelOff Global Training Camps for 2017. You can also email info@modeloff.com with any questions or for group discounts for 3 or more attendees.

Host cities will be :
– Hong Kong and San Francisco ( First Half of 2017)
– Sydney, London, Toronto and New York (Second Half of 2017)

You can pre-register for 2017 ModelOff GTCs at www.gtc.modeloff.com.

Joseph Lau Wins Second Consecutive ModelOff World Championship

In a repeat of last year, Joseph Lau from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia has won the 2016 Financial Modelling World Championship, followed closely by Diarmud Early from Deutsche Bank in second place and Peter Suen from StepStone in third. This year’s London Finals brought together 19 of the best financial modelers from around the world who had battled their way through to the final from a field of thousands in the earlier online qualification rounds. Victory once again ensures Lau retains the iconic Golden Keyboard and picks up another £10,000 in prize money in 2016.

Diarmud Early (2nd Place), Joseph Lau (2016 World Champion) and Peter Suen (3rd Place)
Diarmud Early (2nd Place), Joseph Lau (2016 World Champion) and Peter Suen (3rd Place).

This was Lau’s third finals appearance and his second consecutive title, making him the first repeat champion in ModelOff’s history. The win did not come easily though with the likes of Diarmud Early pushing Lau throughout the 5 hours of rigorous testing. However, it was Lau’s experience and calmness under pressure that finally prevailed as he scored the equal highest marks in the last 2-hour challenge and edged out Diarmud by just 3% on the final scorecard.

A lot was said last year about Lau winning the title at the age of 43 and it had even earned him the nick-name of ‘The Fine Wine’ because he just keeps getting better with age. As it turns out 44 years old (2016) is also a good vintage for ‘The Fine Wine’ Lau and he is showing no signs of slowing down with his eyes now firmly set on the 2017 World Championships.

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Overall, the finalists agreed that this year’s testing was some of the most challenging that the ModelOff competition has produced. It was also the first time that time zone changes had been considered for the online qualifying rounds in attempt to even out the field and challenge the competitors. The Question Design Team of Dan Mayoh, Alex Gordon and Hilary Smart also looked to push the finalists by pressuring them with tight time deadlines during the finals to make them work both hard, and fast. However, despite these new challenges, the ‘champ’ prevailed and created history by winning back-to-back Financial Modelling World Championships.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the competition this year. Especially Intralinks, S&P Global, PwC and the whole product team at Microsoft Excel.

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ModelOff 2016 Analysis: Round 2 Section 3

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As ModelOff continually strives to improve competitor experience, in 2016 we have decided to release answer analysis for the Online Rounds. The answer analysis outlines the percentage of correct answers amongst the competition as a whole, GoldClass (top 10% competitors) and the 20 Finalists.
(*Note: Non-attempts at the question are considered incorrect answers)

So far, we have released three Case Study Questions from the 2016 Online Rounds; Chip Off The Old Block and Roll The Dice from Round 1, as well as Tally Up from Round 2.
Download the Case Study Questions here >>

Below is the answer analysis for Tally Up, we hope that this gives valuable insight into the performances of various groups within ModelOff, and a standard for which to measure your improvement against. We will be releasing further answer analysis in the coming days along with other Case Study Questions from the 2016 Competition.

Answer Breakdown Guide – ‘Tally Up’, Round 2 Section 3

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Announce ModelOff 2016 Finals Judge – Roger Govier

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We are delighted to announce Roger Govier as a Judge for the ModelOff 2016 Finals:

At ModelOff, we strive to maintain a judging panel that balances technical expertise, leadership and passion for education. As such, ModelOff Finals Judges are leading global practitioners across the disciplines of Financial Analysis & Modeling, Microsoft Excel, Valuations and Investment Banking.

Roger Govier will again be a part of the judging panel. Along with his technical excellence, entrepreneurial spirit and Excel knowledge, Roger’s boundless passion will be invaluable for the judging panel and the competition as a whole.

Roger’s Profile

 


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Position: Senior Partner

Organisation: Technology 4 U

Roger Govier is an Excel MVP based in the UK, and has been an MVP since 2007.

At University his thesis involved Linear Programming, and he went on to become Commercial director of a software company specialising in Accounting, Payroll and Property Management.

Since selling the company in 1996, he has worked independently, exclusively with Excel and VBA, for clients worldwide from small businesses to those with multi-billion $ turnover. Roger claims to be intrinsically lazy, so he always looks for a fast and simple way to provide solid workable solutions.

In addition, Roger carries out training in all aspects of Excel.

Announce ModelOff 2016 Finals Judge – Maria Shevchenko

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We are delighted to announce Maria Shevchenko as a Judge for the ModelOff 2016 Finals:

At ModelOff, we strive to maintain a judging panel that balances technical expertise, leadership and passion for education. As such, ModelOff Finals Judges are leading global practitioners across the disciplines of Financial Analysis & Modeling, Microsoft Excel, Valuations and Investment Banking.

In 2016, we welcome Maria as the newest ModelOff Finals Judge. No stranger to the ModelOff family, we were proud to have Maria present a keynote speech at the 2015 finals, and we’re looking forward to adding her corporate finance expertise to the judging panel.

Maria’s Profile

 


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Position: Vice President, EMEA Investment Banking Product & Market Development

Organization: S&P Capital IQ

Maria is a Vice President of EMEA Investment Banking Product and Market Development for S&P Global Market Intelligence, which offers multi-asset class data and analytics to global market participants. She is responsible for business, market and partnership strategy for the Investment Banking client segment. Maria role is to identify growth opportunities, engage with customers to gather requirements and help to build tools, data or solutions to address those needs.

Prior to that Maria has spent 7 years overseeing Content within S&P Global Market Intelligence across Regions and Key Client Segments serving as a data subject matter expert across variety of delivery mechanisms. Her role was to identify and execute on strategic roadmap for data needs across those geographic or client segments.

Maria joined S&P Global Market Intelligence in 2009 having spent several years at Merrill Lynch Investment Banking in London covering Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and African (CEEMEA) financial institutions working on buy- and sell-side as well as equity, debt and restructuring transactions. Prior to that, she worked for a Private Equity firm in the United States. Maria holds a BS in Finance from Bentley University and has passed CAIA and FIA accreditations. She speaks several languages, loves to travel and read and is a very keen polo player.

Announcing ModelOff 2016 Start Times

In 2016, ModelOff will be taking a new and improved approach for the worldwide start times in Online Rounds 1 and 2. The new strategy has come off the back of feedback from past ModelOff as well as other world championships such as TEXATA (Big Data) and HIQORA (High IQ).

In 2016, ModelOff will again be held simultaneously worldwide based on 9am New York / 2pm London time on Saturday 22nd October.

For Round 2, ModelOff will begin at alternate time of 5pm New York / 9pm London to create a better balance for the worldwide audience who participate in ModelOff. For example, competitors in Sydney and Wellington who have a challenging ‘early hours’ starting time in Round 1 will be get the chance to compete at a more conventional time come Round 2.

This is one of many steps that ModelOff is undertaking to make the Financial Modeling World Championships a truly global event.

Round 1 Start Times

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Round 2 Start Times

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PwC becomes Major Partner of ModelOff in 2016

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For Immediate Release

WEDNESDAY July 20th, 2016, New york, USA – Professional Services Champions League (PSCL) today welcomes PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) as the major Professional Services partner of ModelOff, including the 2016 Financial Modeling World Championships.

PwC will be supporting the ModelOff community across a number of activities including the Financial Modeling World Championships (the largest global competition for finance and financial modeling), the Global Training Camps (two-day educational bootcamps held around the world) and a series of Meetup networking events in 17 cities around the world.

The leader of PwC’s Deals Modelling team in Australia, Ian Bennett, said “We’re delighted to be partnering with ModelOff. Financial modelling has rapidly become one of the most sought after skills on Analyst’s CVs as businesses have come to appreciate it as a critical capability in its own right, and yet people all over the world find themselves building models that support multi-million dollar decisions without any formal training. PwC is excited by ModelOff’s passion for growing and developing the profession of financial modelling, and supporting initiatives such as the ModelOff Global Training Camps is a great way to help stimulate improvements in practices and continual skill development within the industry.” PwC will join S&P Global, Microsoft and Intralinks as major global partners of ModelOff in 2016.

ModelOff’s Financial Modeling World Championship is the world’s largest competition for Advanced Excel, Financial Analysis, Financial Modeling, Investment and Quantitative Professionals. Founded in 2012, the global competition attracts over 4,000 professionals and students annually from over 110 countries. The world championship involves two online qualification rounds and a Live World Finals in London, United Kingdom.

“PwC’s involvement with ModelOff traces back to 2012 where PwC employee Alex Gordon took out first place in the inaugural Financial Modeling World Championship Finals in New York. Since then, both Gordon and his PwC colleague Michael Clarke have been repeat ModelOff Finalists, demonstrating PwC’s strength and commitment to financial modeling” said ModelOff cofounder John Persico. “We look forward to working with such a world class organization that is keen to help grow and develop the global financial modeling community.”

PwC is part of a global network of firms in 157 countries, 756 locations and with more than 208,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services.

To learn more about PwC, visit www.pwc.com