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Private Equity and Venture Capital

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Tax reforms, regulatory uncertainty, and global market volatility are creating a more complex investment environment, but the outlook for private equity remains strong. This investment management course provides the frameworks you need to improve your firm’s effectiveness at every stage of a deal. By examining critical issues related to industry infrastructure, portfolio management, and negotiation strategies, you will be well equipped to overcome emerging investment challenges, find new paths to growth, and increase returns on capital.

Key Benefits

Exploring the multifaceted issues that investors face over the course of numerous market cycles, Private Equity and Venture Capital raises your level of investment expertise. As you examine the full range of industry models—from venture capital to growth equity to buyouts—you will learn how to build more effective investment strategies for your firm and adapt your approach to rapidly changing conditions.


Take advantage of the right opportunities at the right time

  • Evaluate the impact of market cycles so you can move on opportunities with the most potential
  • Apply best practices for making investments, both within your borders and in other countries
  • Assess opportunities in distressed and emerging industries

Structure and negotiate better deals

  • Make better investment decisions by examining the influence of risk, earnings, and organizational change
  • Move quickly to select the best deals and negotiate with greater confidence

Optimize your firm's portfolio and activities

  • Monitor the progress of portfolio companies and choose appropriate exit strategies
  • Scale your firm by managing deals and integrating operations across multiple locations

Expand your personal and professional network

  • Extend your network by living and working with accomplished executives from various backgrounds, industries, and countries across the globe
  • Build relationships with a diverse group of peers who can provide wide-ranging insights into your business challenges and career decisions

What You Will Learn

Through a rich learning experience that includes faculty presentations, case studies, small group discussions, and practical exercises, you will develop the essential problem-solving and decision-making skills needed to craft an effective investment strategy, raise the required capital, and facilitate productive dealmaking.

Key Topics

Private equity globalization

  • Understand how capital flows across both national and regional boundaries
  • Manage a multinational fund versus one run from a single office
  • Adjust investment strategies for the demand-and-supply dynamics of different countries and regions
  • Assess the impact of traditional management practices and the localization of investments
  • Anticipate exit difficulties and other risks

Emerging markets

  • Adapt your investment style for new high-growth markets
  • Identify new funding opportunities
  • Embrace earlier-stage investments
  • Understand the differences between fundraising and investing efforts
  • Make decisions that address the distinct financial and cultural aspects of a country or region

Implications of both firm and fund size

  • Align your investment strategies with your firm and fund
  • Prepare for the distinct challenges that characterize different stages of growth
  • Recognize how the size of your firm and fund can affect the perceptions of investors and other industry players
  • Understand how firm and fund size can influence deal sourcing and selection, enterprise valuation, portfolio mix, and the management of portfolio companies

Who should attend

This investment management course is designed for executives with considerable investment industry experience, including:

  • General partners and junior partners of private equity and venture capital firms
  • Principals from the limited partner community who invest in private equity and venture capital firms
  • Chief investment officers, investment principals, and investment managers or directors
  • Asset managers responsible for a firm's investment portfolio
  • Entrepreneurs in the process of receiving and/or structuring capital funds
  • May also be appropriate for: Professionals who provide banking, accounting, legal, or other advisory services to the investment industry

Attendance by multiple company representatives will foster teamwork and amplify the program's impact. A participant team might include executives responsible for finance, marketing, business development, customer service, human resources, and product or service management.


Nori Gerardo Lietz is a Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in the Finance and Entrepreneurial Management Units. She presently teaches Real Estate Private Equity and Venture Capital and Private Equity. Nori Gerardo Lietz is the founder of Areté Capital, a real estate advisory firm.  Unt...
Paul Gompers, Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, specializes in research on financial issues related to start-up, high growth, and newly public companies. Professor Gompers has an appointment in both the Finance and Entrepreneurial Management areas. He received h...
Josh Lerner is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, and head of the Entrepreneurial Management unit. He graduated from Yale College with a special divisional major that combined physics with the history of technology.  He worked for several years on issu...
Kevin P. Mohan joined the Negotiation unit at Harvard Business School in 2012. He also serves as a Senior Advisor at Summit Partners, a $15 billion venture capital and private equity firm, and as an independent director for several companies and nonprofit entities. Kevin teaches Negotiations and ...
Victoria Ivashina is the Lovett-Learned Chaired Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the European Central Bank. She serves on the editorial boards ...
Bob White is a Senior Lecturer in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at the Harvard Business School where he currently teaches Entrepreneurial Finance, an elective course in the second year MBA curriculum, as well as HBS executive education offerings. Bob was one of the founding partners of B...


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