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Section 1: SC 13D (SCHEDULE 13D)

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C.  20549
SCHEDULE 13D
(RULE 13D - 101)
INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN STATEMENTS FILED PURSUANT TO 13d-1(a) AND AMENDMENTS THERETO FILED PURSUANT TO 13d-2(a)
(Amendment No. )*
The Advisory Board Company
(Name of Issuer)
Common Stock, $0.01 par value
(Title of Class of Securities)
00762W107
(CUSIP Number)
Christopher P. Davis, Esq.
Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.
551 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10176
(212) 986-6000
(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)
January 3, 2017
(Date of Event which Requires Filing of this Statement)
If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition which is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of Rule 13d-1(e), 13d-1(f) or 13d-1(g), check the following box [ ].
Note:  Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits.  See Rule 13d-7 for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.
*The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person's initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover page.
The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).


1.
NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS
I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NOS. OF ABOVE PERSONS (ENTITIES ONLY)
   
 
Elliott Associates, L.P.
   
2.
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP
   
 
(a)    [x]
 
(b)    [ ]
   
3.
SEC USE ONLY
   
4.
SOURCE OF FUNDS
   
 
WC
   
5.
CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)      [ ]
   
6.
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
   
 
Delaware
   
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH:
   
7.
SOLE VOTING POWER
   
 
316,321
   
8.
SHARED VOTING POWER
   
 
0
   
9.
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
   
 
316,321
   
10.
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
   
 
0
   
11.
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
   
 
316,321
   
12.
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11)
EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES    [ ]
   
13.
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)
   
 
0.8%
   
14.
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON
   
 
PN


 
1.
NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS
I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NOS. OF ABOVE PERSONS (ENTITIES ONLY)
   
 
Elliott International, L.P.
   
2.
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP
   
 
(a)    [x]
 
(b)    [ ]
   
3.
SEC USE ONLY
   
4.
SOURCE OF FUNDS
   
 
WC
   
5.
CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)      [ ]
   
6.
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
   
 
Cayman Islands, British West Indies
   
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH:
   
7.
SOLE VOTING POWER
   
 
0
   
8.
SHARED VOTING POWER
   
 
672,179
   
9.
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
   
 
0
   
10.
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
   
 
672,179
   
11.
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
   
 
672,179
   
12.
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11)
EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES    [ ]
   
13.
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)
   
 
1.7%
   
14.
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON
   
 
PN


 
1.
NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS
I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NOS. OF ABOVE PERSONS (ENTITIES ONLY)
   
 
Elliott International Capital Advisors Inc.
   
2.
CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP
   
 
(a)    [x]
 
(b)    [ ]
   
3.
SEC USE ONLY
   
4.
SOURCE OF FUNDS
   
 
OO
   
5.
CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(d) or 2(e)      [ ]
   
6.
CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
   
 
Delaware
   
NUMBER OF SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON WITH:
   
7.
SOLE VOTING POWER
   
 
0
   
8.
SHARED VOTING POWER
   
 
672,179
   
9.
SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
   
 
0
   
10.
SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
   
 
672,179
   
11.
AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
   
 
672,179
   
12.
CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11)
EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES    [ ]
   
13.
PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)
   
 
1.7%
   
14.
TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON
   
 
CO



Item 1.
Security and Issuer.
This statement relates to the shares of Common stock, $0.01 par value (the "Common Stock"), of The Advisory Board Company (the "Issuer"). The Issuer's principal executive office is located at 2445 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 20037.
Item 2.
Identity and Background.
(a)-(c) This statement is being filed by Elliott Associates, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (collectively, "Elliott" or "we"), Elliott International, L.P., a Cayman Islands limited partnership ("Elliott International"), and Elliott International Capital Advisors Inc., a Delaware corporation ("EICA" and collectively with Elliott and Elliott International, the "Reporting Persons"). Paul E. Singer ("Singer"), Elliott Capital Advisors, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership ("Capital Advisors"), which is controlled by Singer, and Elliott Special GP, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company ("Special GP"), which is controlled by Singer, are the general partners of Elliott.  Hambledon, Inc., a Cayman Islands corporation ("Hambledon"), which is also controlled by Singer, is the sole general partner of Elliott International. EICA is the investment manager for Elliott International.  EICA expressly disclaims equitable ownership of and pecuniary interest in any shares of Common Stock.
ELLIOTT
The business address of Elliott is 40 West 57th Street, New York, New York 10019.
The principal business of Elliott is to purchase, sell, trade and invest in securities.
SINGER
Singer's business address is 40 West 57th Street, New York, New York 10019.
Singer's principal business is to serve as a general partner of Elliott and Capital Advisors, as the president of EICA, and as a managing member of Special GP.
CAPITAL ADVISORS
The business address of Capital Advisors is 40 West 57th Street, New York, New York 10019.
The principal business of Capital Advisors is the furnishing of investment advisory services.  Capital Advisors also serves as a managing member of Special GP.
The names, business addresses, and present principal occupation or employment of the general partners of Capital Advisors are as follows:
NAME
ADDRESS
OCCUPATION
Paul E. Singer
40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
General partner of Elliott and Capital Advisors; President of EICA; and a managing member of Special GP
     
Braxton Associates, Inc.
40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
The principal business of Braxton Associates, Inc. is serving as general partner of Capital Advisors
     
Elliott Asset Management LLC
40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
General Partner of Capital Advisors


The name, business address, and present principal occupation or employment of the sole director and executive officer of Braxton Associates, Inc. are as follows:
NAME
ADDRESS
OCCUPATION
Paul E. Singer
40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
General partner of Elliott and Capital Advisors and President of EICA

ELLIOTT SPECIAL GP, LLC
The business address of Special GP is 40 West 57th Street, New York, New York 10019.
The principal business of Special GP is serving as a general partner of Elliott.
The names, business address, and present principal occupation or employment of the managing members of Special GP are as follows:
NAME
ADDRESS
OCCUPATION
Paul E. Singer
40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
General partner of Elliott and Capital Advisors; President of EICA; and a managing member of Special GP
     
Braxton Associates, Inc.
40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
The principal business of Braxton Associates, Inc. is serving as general partner of Capital Advisors
     
Elliott Asset Management LLC
40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
General Partner of Capital Advisors

ELLIOTT INTERNATIONAL
The business address of Elliott International is c/o Maples & Calder, P.O. Box 309, Ugland House, South Church Street, George Town, Cayman Islands, British West Indies.
The principal business of Elliott International is to purchase, sell, trade and invest in securities.
The name, business address, and present principal occupation or employment of the general partner of Elliott International is as follows:
NAME
ADDRESS
OCCUPATION
Hambledon, Inc.
c/o Maples & Calder
P.O. Box 309
Ugland House
South Church Street George Town, Cayman Islands
British West Indies
General partner of Elliott International

HAMBLEDON
The name, business address, and present principal occupation or employment of the sole director and executive officer of Hambledon are as follows:
NAME
ADDRESS
OCCUPATION
Paul E. Singer
40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
General partner of Elliott and Capital Advisors and President of EICA; and a managing member of Special GP


EICA
The business address of EICA is 40 West 57th Street New York, New York 10019.
The principal business of EICA is to act as investment manager for Elliott International.
The name, business address, and present principal occupation or employment of the sole director and executive officer of EICA is as follows:
NAME
ADDRESS
OCCUPATION
Paul E. Singer
40 West 57th St.
New York, New York 10019
General partner of Elliott and Capital Advisors and President of EICA; and a managing member of Special GP

(d) and (e) During the last five years, none of the persons or entities listed above  has been (i) convicted in a criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations or similar misdemeanors); or (ii) a party to a civil proceeding of a judicial or administrative body of competent jurisdiction and as a result of such proceeding was or is subject to a judgment, decree or final order enjoining future violations of, or prohibiting or mandating activities subject to, federal or state securities laws or finding any violation with respect to such laws.
(f) Mr. Singer is a citizen of the United States of America.
Item 3.
Source and Amount of Funds or Other Consideration.
Elliott Working Capital
The aggregate purchase price of the shares of Common Stock directly owned by Elliott is approximately $11,498,268..
     
Elliott International Working Capital
The aggregate purchase price of the shares of Common Stock directly owned by Elliott International is approximately $24,433,706..
 
The Reporting Persons may effect purchases of shares of Common Stock through margin accounts maintained for them with prime brokers, which extend margin credit as and when required to open or carry positions in their margin accounts, subject to applicable federal margin regulations, stock exchange rules and such firms' credit policies. Positions in shares of Common Stock may be held in margin accounts and may be pledged as collateral security for the repayment of debit balances in such accounts. Since other securities may be held in such margin accounts, it may not be possible to determine the amounts, if any, of margin used to purchase shares of Common Stock.
Item 4.
Purpose of Transaction.
The Reporting Persons believe that the securities of the Issuer are significantly undervalued and represent an attractive investment opportunity.  The Reporting Persons seek to engage in a constructive dialogue with the Issuer's Board of Directors regarding opportunities to maximize shareholder value.
Depending upon overall market conditions, other investment opportunities available to the Reporting Persons, and the availability of securities of the Issuer at prices that would make the purchase or sale of such securities desirable, the Reporting Persons may endeavor (i) to increase or decrease their respective positions in the Issuer through, among other things, the purchase or sale of securities of the Issuer on the open market or in private transactions, including through a trading plan created under Rule 10b5-1(c) or otherwise, on such terms and at such times as the Reporting Persons may deem advisable and/or (ii) to enter into transactions that increase or hedge their economic exposure to the Common Stock without affecting their beneficial ownership of shares of Common Stock.
No Reporting Person has any present plan or proposal which would relate to or result in any of the matters set forth in subparagraphs (a) - (j) of Item 4 of Schedule 13D except as set forth herein or such as would occur upon or in connection with completion of, or following, any of the actions discussed herein. The Reporting Persons may develop plans and/or make proposals with respect to, or with respect to potential changes in, the operations, management, the certificate of incorporation and bylaws, Board composition, ownership, capital or corporate structure, dividend policy, strategy and plans of the Issuer, potential strategic transactions involving the Issuer or certain of the Issuer's businesses or assets, including, without limitation, a sale of the Issuer or certain of its businesses or assets, in which the Reporting Persons may participate, as a means of enhancing shareholder value, or may change their intention with respect to any and all matters referred to in Item 4. The Reporting Persons intend to review their investment in the Issuer on a continuing basis and may from time to time in the future express their views to and/or meet with management, the Board, other shareholders or third parties, including, potential acquirers, service providers and financing sources, and/or formulate plans or proposals regarding the Issuer, its assets or its securities. Such proposals or plans may include one or more plans that relate to or would result in any of the actions set forth in subparagraphs (a) - (j) of Item 4 of Schedule 13D.

ITEM 5.
Interest in Securities of the Issuer.
(a) As of the close of business on January 11, 2017, Elliott, Elliott International and EICA collectively have combined economic exposure in the Issuer of approximately 8.3% of the shares of Common Stock outstanding.
The aggregate percentage of Common Stock reported owned by each person named herein is based upon 40,147,292 shares of Common Stock outstanding as of November 1, 2016, which is the total number of shares of Common Stock outstanding as reported in the Issuer's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 9, 2016.
As of the close of business on January 11, 2017, Elliott beneficially owned 316,321 shares of Common Stock, constituting 0.8% of the shares of Common Stock outstanding.
As of the close of business on January 11, 2017, Elliott International beneficially owned 672,179 shares of Common Stock, constituting approximately 1.7% of the shares of Common Stock outstanding. EICA, as the investment manager of Elliott International may be deemed to beneficially own the 672,179 shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Elliott International, constituting approximately 1.7% of the shares of Common Stock outstanding.
Collectively, Elliott, Elliott International and EICA beneficially own 988,500 shares of Common Stock, constituting approximately 2.5% of the shares of Common Stock outstanding.
Collectively, Elliott, Elliott International and EICA have economic exposure comparable to approximately 5.8% of the shares of Common Stock outstanding pursuant to Derivative Agreements, as disclosed in Item 6.
(b) Elliott has the power to vote or direct the vote of, and to dispose or direct the disposition of, the shares of Common Stock owned directly by it.
Elliott International has the shared power with EICA to vote or direct the vote of, and to dispose or direct the disposition of, the shares of Common Stock owned directly by Elliott International. Information regarding each of Elliott International and EICA is set forth in Item 2 of this Schedule 13D and is expressly incorporated by reference herein.
(c) The transactions effected by the Reporting Persons during the past 60 days are set forth on Schedule 1 attached hereto.
(d) No person other than Elliott has the right to receive or the power to direct the receipt of dividends from, or the proceeds from the sale of, the shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Elliott.
No person other than Elliott International and EICA has the right to receive or the power to direct the receipt of dividends from, or the proceeds from the sale of, the shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by Elliott International and EICA.
(e) Not applicable.
Item 6.
Contracts, Arrangements, Understandings or Relationships With Respect to Securities of the Issuer.
Elliott, through The Liverpool Limited Partnership, a Bermuda limited partnership and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elliott ("Liverpool"), and Elliott International have entered into notional principal amount derivative agreements (the "Derivative Agreements") in the form of cash settled swaps with respect to 749,578 and 1,592,849 shares of Common Stock of the Issuer, respectively (representing economic exposure comparable to approximately 1.9% and approximately 4.0% of the shares of Common Stock of the Issuer, respectively). Collectively, the Derivative Agreements held by the Reporting Persons represent economic exposure comparable to an interest in approximately 5.8% of the shares of Common Stock. The Derivative Agreements provide Elliott and Elliott International with economic results that are comparable to the economic results of ownership. The Derivative Agreements are not shares of Common Stock and do not provide the Reporting Persons with the power to vote or direct the voting or dispose of or direct the disposition of the shares that are referenced in the Derivative Agreements (such shares, the "Subject Shares"). The Reporting Persons disclaim beneficial ownership in the Subject Shares. The counterparties to the Derivative Agreements are unaffiliated third party financial institutions.

On January 12, 2017 Elliott, Elliott International and EICA entered into a Joint Filing Agreement (the "Joint Filing Agreement") in which the parties agreed to the joint filing on behalf of each of them of statements on Schedule 13D with respect to the securities of the Issuer to the extent required by applicable law. The Joint Filing Agreement is attached as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.
Except as described above in this Item 6, none of the Reporting Persons has any contracts, arrangements, understandings or relationships with respect to the securities of the Issuer.
Item 7.
Material to be Filed as Exhibits.
Exhibit 99.1 – Joint Filing Agreement.
Schedule 1 – Transactions of the Reporting Persons Effected During the Past 60 Days


SIGNATURES
After reasonable inquiry and to the best of its knowledge and belief, each of the undersigned certifies that the information with respect to it set forth in this statement is true, complete, and correct.
Dated:  January 12, 2017
ELLIOTT ASSOCIATES, L.P.
By: Elliott Capital Advisors, L.P., as General Partner
By: Braxton Associates, Inc., as General Partner
 
       
       
 
By:
/s/ Elliot Greenberg
 
   
Elliot Greenberg,
 
   
Vice President
 
       
       
ELLIOTT INTERNATIONAL, L.P.
By: Elliott International Capital Advisors Inc.,
as Attorney-in-Fact
 
       
       
 
By:
/s/ Elliot Greenberg
 
   
Elliot Greenberg,
 
   
Vice President
 
       
       

ELLIOTT INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL ADVISORS INC.
 
 
By:
/s/ Elliot Greenberg
 
 
Elliot Greenberg,
 
 
Vice President
 



EXHIBIT 99.1
JOINT FILING AGREEMENT
The undersigned hereby agree that the statement on Schedule 13D with respect to the Common stock, $0.01 par value, of The Advisory Board Company dated as of the date hereof is, and any further amendments thereto signed by each of the undersigned shall be, filed on behalf of each of the undersigned pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of Rule 13d-1(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
Dated:  January 12, 2017
ELLIOTT ASSOCIATES, L.P.
By: Elliott Capital Advisors, L.P., as General Partner
By: Braxton Associates, Inc., as General Partner
 
       
       
 
By:
/s/ Elliot Greenberg
 
   
Elliot Greenberg,
 
   
Vice President
 
       
       
ELLIOTT INTERNATIONAL, L.P.
By: Elliott International Capital Advisors Inc.,
as Attorney-in-Fact
 
       
       
 
By:
/s/ Elliot Greenberg
 
   
Elliot Greenberg,
 
   
Vice President
 
       
       

ELLIOTT INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL ADVISORS INC.
 
 
By:
/s/ Elliot Greenberg
 
 
Elliot Greenberg,
 
 
Vice President
 



SCHEDULE 1
Transactions of the Reporting Persons Effected During the Past 60 Days
The following transactions were effected by Elliott Associates, L.P. (through Liverpool) in the Common Stock during the past 60 days:
Date
Security
Amount of Shs.
Bought / (Sold)
Approx. price ($) per Share
01/06/17
Common Stock
316,321
--*
12/16/16
Common Stock
(40,000)
32.7151
12/15/16
Common Stock
(40,000)
32.4635
12/09/16
Common Stock
(16,000)
33.9338
12/07/16
Common Stock
(16,000)
32.8198
11/07/16
Common Stock
1,836
34.7791
11/04/16
Common Stock
14,164
35.9967

The following transactions were effected by Elliott International, L.P. in the Common Stock during the past 60 days:
Date
Security
Amount of Shs.
Bought/(Sold)
Approx. price ($) per Share
01/06/17
Common Stock
672,179
--*
12/16/16
Common Stock
(85,000)
32.7151
12/15/16
Common Stock
(85,000)
32.4635
12/09/16
Common Stock
(34,000)
33.9338
12/07/16
Common Stock
(34,000)
32.8198
11/07/16
Common Stock
3,902
34.7791
11/04/16
Common Stock
30,098
35.9967




* Shares acquired upon exercise of physically settled swaps.
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