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Masterclass in Private Equity

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Masterclass in Private Equity, Participant Experience | London Business School

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Sep 17—20
4 days
London, United Kingdom
GBP 6300 ≈USD 8319
GBP 1575 per day

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Transform your approach and gain a deeper understanding of every aspect of private equity.

A key tool in the investment landscape, it provides working capital to companies looking to expand into new markets, develop new products or restructure their operations to meet their growth potential.

Private equity is a highly competitive field, but one that, with the right skills and knowledge, is also extremely rewarding.

Examine the complexities of deal-making – from operation and strategy to financing, economic analysis of incentives and exit – using case studies of recent deals in the industry. You also acquire a firm grounding in the financial instruments that model and analyse equity returns.

You return to work with a comprehensive private equity toolkit and a new network of high-calibre business contemporaries.

Why attend this programme?

  • Superb faculty – Learn from international leaders in financial research that advise cross-industry organisations around the world. Professor Eli Talmor and Florin Vasvari, authors of International Private Equity - the leading textbook of the private equity industry - share their experiences and knowledge to support your equity decisions when you return to work
  • The latest research – undertaken in association with the Private Equity at LBS research centre this programme imparts the latest research
  • Study in London – the world’s financial centre, for a wealth of financial connections and exposure to leading financial organisations
  • Gain a truly global perspective – alongside a stimulating group of finance professionals looking to pursue a career in private equity or to extend their expertise.

Benefits and impact

Develop your confidence and make your private equity investments a success.

After just three days, return to your organisation with a greater understanding of the global equity industry, gleaned from the unique insights of our world-class faculty and the global perspectives London affords.

You arrive back at your workplace, with the practical tools to better manage the mechanics of selecting and structuring a deal and implement value enhancing strategies.

Benefits to you

  • Gain the skills to make confident private equity investments by engaging in key market practices, techniques and with investment instruments
  • Master the private equity fund and fee structure
  • Develop an understanding of the mechanics of deal selection, valuation and structuring, value creation and harvesting
  • Understand the legal and financial aspects of buyout transactions
  • Create value and minimise risk by immersing yourself in a range of cross-industry case studies
  • Gain real-life insights through business cases and classroom interaction and debate with financiers, corporate lawyers, investors, private equity experts and rising stars in the industry
  • Build a network of contacts that is international, relevant to your business and highly diverse.

Benefits to your organisation

  • Return to your company with fresh perspectives gained from diverse class interactions and world-class faculty
  • Select and structure effective private equity deals for your organisation
  • Enhance the value of your organisation’s future deals, and fully understand the legal and financial requirements.

Programme content

Develop a greater understanding of the global private equity industry

Directly impact your organisation’s profit growth with a deep knowledge of the strategic, legal and financial requirements needed for success.

You take a private equity journey to build up your understanding. You begin with the analysis of the asset then proceed through to the selection and acquisition processes, leading to final disposal and capital realisation.

This practical and collaborative course sharpens your due diligence skills, empowers you to understand how deals are constructed, and advances your comprehension of the latest research, strategies and insights. You hear from top-level industry speakers immersed in the field, senior professionals working alongside the industry, corporate lawyers and investors. You review and discuss real-world examples of the challenging decisions these experts have had to make.

What you learn

The key topics covered are:

  • private equity as an asset class
  • the structure of a private equity fund, how it operates and governs its portfolio companies
  • transaction and harvesting
  • the complexities of deal-making, explored through analysis of recent industry deals.

How you learn

Leading insights and research

The founder of the Coller Institute of Private Equity, Professor Eli Talmor is the faculty leader on this programme, joined by Professor Florin Vasvari. Gain unique access to this renowned centre of research. The Institute’s aim is to advance private equity study through its interdisciplinary approach to research, encompassing strategy, economics, organisational management and finance. In addition to access to the latest research, you debate issues with guest speakers from the private equity arena. The programme focuses on case studies from Professor Eli's and Professor Florin's book International Private Equity, the leading textbook of the private equity industry.

International case studies

Discover how deals operate with examples from mature and emerging markets to capture the wide spectrum of typical investment transactions and value creation. Recent guest speakers include Dwight Poler, head of Bain Capital Europe and Mounir Guen, CEO of MVision – a leading private equity placement agent. Dwight Poler spoke about his Edcon deal, which was the largest ever private equity acquisition in Africa; Mounir Guen discussed current industry trends, and the transformation of the legendary motorcycle manufacturer, Ducati under the stewardship of Investindustrial – southern Europe’s largest private equity firm.

Your learning experience


  • Overview of the PE industry
  • PE fund reporting
  • First-time fund raising
  • LBO transactions
  • Group work and case preparation


  • Stimulation exercise: Fund performance benchmarking
  • Deal screening
  • Venture lending
  • Group work and case preparation


  • Strategic due diligence
  • Buyout analysis in emerging markets
  • Deal analysis
  • Private capital: The broader perspective beyond private equity
  • Group work and case preparation


  • Strategic due diligence
  • Distressed investing
  • IP valuation for strategic investment decisions
  • Three phases of governance

Who should attend

oin fund managers, investment bankers, other finance professionals and business leaders looking to gain a greater understanding of the private equity investment landscape.

Attendees include mid-career to board level professionals with a minimum of 10 years experience, including:

  • Private equity professionals
  • Private equity career pursuers
  • People wishing to set up their own private equity fund
  • Fund and asset managers
  • Pension fund and endowment trustees
  • Investment consultants, accountants, family office representatives, private bankers and independent financial advisers
  • Hedge fund managers
  • Private investors
  • Investor relations specialists and corporate financiers
  • Risk managers, actuaries and quantitative analysts.


Professor of Accounting PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Founder of our Coller Institute of Private Equity, Professor Eli Talmor is co-author of International Private Equity, which is widely considered to be the leading reference book on the private equity industry. He is frequ...
London Business School Term Associate Professor of Accounting BSc (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania), MA (University of Toronto), PhD (Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto) Dr Florin Vasvari teaches Distressed Investing and Financial Restructuring, and Private...


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