Deal Camp: Preparing for Private Equity

Columbia Business School

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Who should attend

Deal Camp is ideal for young professionals entering the private equity field, executives seeking an understanding of the private equity industry in anticipation of a career transition into private equity, as well as service providers to the industry. In addition, those considering a sale of a business to a private equity firm will find the program beneficial.

About the course

Each winter, the Columbia Business School Private Equity Program offers an intensive long-weekend during which professionals, students and alumni will be immersed in the world of private equity.

Over the course of four days, Deal Camp participants will partake in inter-active presentations, instruction and case studies from Columbia faculty and a variety of industry professionals in an intimate and high-intensity learning environment away from the distractions of everyday school and work life. Each evening culminates in a sit-down dinner where speakers and attendees have the opportunity to relax, reflect upon and discuss the day’s events.

The program kicks-off with a boutique session for executives on the first day and is followed and continues over the next two days with an intensive, continuous schedule of industry speakers.

The driving force behind the creation of Deal Camp was to equip Columbia Business School MBA and Executive MBA students seeking a career in private equity and related fields with the foundational knowledge that would better prepare them to enter the field.

Based on the popularity and success of the program, it has been redesigned to address the needs of young and established professionals starting their first private equity jobs or considering a career transition into the private equity industry.


By attending Deal Camp, participants will expand their knowledge on the skills and tools to make deal decisions from beginning to end. Topics may include: legal issues in setting up a fund, due diligence, deal transaction mechanics, financing, tax considerations, PR strategy and exits. This program will also teach participants LBO Model and deal process. Deal

Camp will prepare participants with:

  • the tools needed to work on the LBO Model
  • new ideas for deal sourcing
  • the understanding of common legal issues in private equity
  • clarity on career paths and the specific roles best suited to the participant
  • an opportunity to meet several industry key players in an intimate setting

Staff from Columbia Business School will be in attendance for individual questions and guidance on career decisions.

Program Structure

Deal Camp takes place over four days. The first day focuses on the basics of the industry, designed specifically for professionals. Participants will sharpen their skills on deal-making, LBO modeling, and putting the skills to work in a case study. Topics covered include overview of deal mechanics, basics of the industry.

During days two, three and four, participants are joined by a select group of current MBA students looking to enter the private equity industry. Industry experts and esteemed Columbia Business School finance faculty will lead discussions and case studies that will provide not only an introductory foundation for understanding the industry, but also for developing insight into the challenges facing the industry in the years ahead. Participants will be exposed to all aspects of the private equity life cycle- fundraising, deal sourcing, transaction execution, management of the firm and ultimate exit.


Donna Hitscherich

Biography Professor Hitscherich joined the School as an adjunct faculty member in 1992. She currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Business for Finance and Economics and as Director of the Private Equity Program. Professor Hitscherich''s courses include Corporate Finance and t...

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