The XL Smackdown: 2015 ModelOff Finalists Excel Live at the World Championships

Over 5,000 professionals and students from more than 100 countries competed in the 2015 Financial Modeling World Championships, ModelOff competition.


18 December 2015

The XL Smackdown: 2015 ModelOff Finalists Excel Live at the World Championships

It all began on October 17, 2015: Over 5,000 professionals and students from more than 100 countries put their financial modeling skills to the ultimate test to compete in this year’s Financial Modeling World Championships, ModelOff competition. Intralinks was proud to sponsor the competition for the second year, alongside global co-sponsors Microsoft, S&P Capital IQ, and KPMG.

Consisting of two online rounds and a Finals match, the competition culminated on December 3, 2015, in a live round of financial modeling at the Microsoft Cardinal Place offices in London.

Top Financial Modelers Take the Podium

The sixteen finalists competed using their modeling speed, creativity, data and risk understanding skills in front of a panel of expert judges with the hopes of following in the footsteps of previous champions Diarmuid Early, Alex Gordon, and Hilary Smart.

After an intense live finals round, we had our winners. The third place prize went to Alvin Woon from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong. Our runner up was Willem Gerritsen of the Netherlands. The person crowned this year’s Financial Modeling World Champion was Joseph Lau from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Lau received the honor and iconic Golden Keyboard.

Thank you to everyone who participated and watched the 2015 ModelOff competition and big congrats to everyone who competed! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Check out a few photos from the live finals below. That’s a wrap for this year!

Race Car

Intralinks treats the sixteen 2015 ModelOff finalists to an unforgettable go-kart experience in London

The go-kart champions: Willem Gerritsen, Chris Whitcombe, and Alvin Woon

The go-kart champions: Willem Gerritsen, Chris Whitcombe, and Alvin Woon

The top sixteen finalists compete in the live finals of ModelOff

The top sixteen finalists compete in the live finals of ModelOff

Intralinks' Philip Whitchelo presenting at the ModelOff Global Training Camp

Intralinks' Philip Whitchelo presenting at the ModelOff Global Training Camp

The Luchador Dinero with his friend at the ModelOff Finals

The Luchador Dinero with his friend at the ModelOff Finals

 

Intralinks’ Matt Porzio announcing the 2015 ModelOff Champion

Intralinks’ Matt Porzio announcing the 2015 ModelOff Champion

 

Financial Modeling World Champion of 2015, Joseph Lau from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Financial Modeling World Champion of 2015, Joseph Lau from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Congrats to the world's top financial modelers, from left to right: Willem Gerritsen, Joseph Lau, Alvin Woon

Congrats to the world's top financial modelers, from left to right: Willem Gerritsen, Joseph Lau, Alvin Woon

 



Matthew Porzio

Matthew Porzio

Matt Porzio joined Intralinks in 2003. As SVP Marketing & Strategic Business Development, he is responsible for managing and driving the strategic direction for Intralinks Dealspace including virtual data room and full deal lifecycle solutions for the M&A, Private Equity, Advisory, Corporate Development and Restructuring communities. Before joining Intralinks, he was a senior associate at Metzler, a German advisory firm, focused on cross-border M&A transactions.