Who should attend
Columbia Business School’s Private Equity (Live Online) program is designed to help participants who have at least six years of experience in investment banking or finance to identify opportunities and execute successful strategies in private equity investing. It is also ideally suited for CXOs analysts and managers transitioning from investment banking to the private equity sector, investment consultants, financial advisors, and professionals already working in private equity.
The program content is also applicable to private bankers and family office representatives. The focus of the program will be particularly useful for those overseeing assets under management, valuation, financial modeling, deal sourcing, or wealth management for ultra-high-net-worth individuals.
Representative roles and titles may include:
- Chief Investment Officers
- Chief Financial Officers
- Quantitative Analysts
- Hedge Fund Managers
- Risk and Asset Managers
- Institutional Investors
- Venture Capital Investors
- Distressed Asset Investors
- Investment Consultants
- Investment Bankers
- Private Bankers
- Family Office Principles/Advisors
- Finance Entrepreneurs
About the course
To succeed in private equity as a direct investor, intermediary, or asset manager, you must be able to see the big picture. You need to understand the entire value chain--the risks, costs, relationships, and rewards of this high-performing asset class.
Private Equity: Invest with Confidence is a six-week program that provides a step-by-step playbook to help you become a more sophisticated investor and more confident private equity manager.
Led by Donna Hitscherich, director of Columbia’s Private Equity Program and an expert in M&A, we will make sense of the private equity industry, from the players and jargon — to valuation and financing — to due diligence and planning an exit strategy. The program provides finance professionals with expert insights to maximize returns and structure deals that create value for individual and institutional investors.
In this program, we will answer key questions about private equity such as:
- What is private equity?
- What makes a good investment?
- How do you put the deal together?
- How do you create value in the portfolio company?
- What does success look like?
- How does due diligence mitigate risk?
Finance professionals wanting to advance their careers in private equity must be able to see the big picture. You need to understand the entire value chain — the risks, costs, relationships, and rewards of this high-performing asset class.
At the end of the program, you will be able to:
- Understand the history of private equity, its business model, and how money is made
- Evaluate what makes a good investment, with consideration of the business environment, price determinants, and exit strategies
- Put together a deal, taking into account seller motivations, financing options, regulatory issues, and public vs. private company considerations
- Create value in a portfolio company using levers of value, synergies, and pricing
- Recognize the contours of success in a leveraged buyout model and other exit alternatives
- Identify the difficulties in a deal with documentation, due diligence, and your own assumptions
PROGRAM STRUCTURE Our approach provides the tools and insights to help you master the private equity cycle, from raising funds, to sourcing deals, to managing portfolios, to planning a profitable exit, whether through resale, leveraged buyout, or initial public offering.
Module 1: Private Equity Overview Understand the definition and history of private equity, the players, the jargon, the business models, and the ways to make money.
Module 2: Making a Good Investment Take into consideration the business environment, price determinants, and exit strategies.
Module 3: Putting the Deal Together Evaluate seller motivations, public vs. private company considerations, financing options, and regulatory issues.
Module 4: Creating Value in the Portfolio Company Understand the levers of value such as synergies, and the importance of price for the portfolio company.
Module 5: Identifying a Successful Result Understand the details of the leveraged buyout (LBO) model and various exit alternatives.
Module 6: Anticipating What Can Go Wrong Prepare for challenges with deal documentation, due diligence, and making assumptions.
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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