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About the course
Private equity is a critically important asset that investors cannot afford to exclude from their portfolios. With its potential for high returns that can outperform other asset classes, such as conventional stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, private equity offers a competitive edge to sophisticated investors.
Private Equity: Investing and Creating Value is an executive education program designed for institutional investors as well as investment professionals aspiring to be better private equity managers. This new private equity program, taught by renowned Wharton finance faculty, will deliver the latest information about the private equity sector, while teaching the latest concepts investors need to know to confidently evaluate investment opportunities in the private equity space and build optimal investment processes.
Program Highlights & Benefits
In Private Equity: Investing and Creating Value, you will:
- Learn the various stages of investment, from deal origination through harvesting returns
- Study tools that private equity firms use to structure and finance a deal, create value, and determine exit timing
- Understand the key drivers in the private equity market, and key differences between funds’ strategies
- Analyze a deal from the different points of view of a private equity firm and of a bank
- Work in teams to review actual deal scenarios and present deal recommendations to Wharton faculty and industry experts for immediate feedback and input
- Gain experience in navigating the complex arena of global private equity and emerging markets
Experience & Impact
This innovative program provides an ideal combination of lectures by Wharton finance faculty and Wharton alumni who are finance leaders in the private equity industry. Participants will have an opportunity to focus on areas of individual interest, such as the limited partners perspective and private equity in emerging markets. There will also be time for case studies and group presentations.
Participants will learn the landscape of the private equity space and be exposed to concepts and tools — shaped by the ongoing research of Wharton Private Equity Professor Bilge Yilmaz — that are used by private equity managers today. Case studies are current, relevant, and designed to maximize peer and faculty interaction.
Session topics include:
- Fund Structure
- Leveraged Buyout Model and Comparables Analysis
- Deal Origination, Transaction, and Execution
- Value Creation With Operations and Negotiation
- Advanced And Best Practices In Private Equity
- Commercial Due Diligence
- The Limited Partners’ Perspective
- Growth Equity
- Middle Market Private Equity
- Private Equity In Emerging Economies
Wharton faculty and alumni will share their experiences and discuss their views on the private equity landscape. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers through focused Q&A sessions, as well as during breakout sessions.
Participants will work in small groups to apply their new knowledge to a private equity deal. Teamwork on case studies will expose participants to both the mechanics and art of the deal through a real-world lens. This approach will ensure that participants understand the key drivers in the private equity market, differences between funds’ strategies, and how those strategies can play out for investors.
This program is also eligible to be part of the Wharton General Management Program. The General Management Program (GMP) is a unique opportunity for successful executives to accelerate their potential by infusing new knowledge and to prepare for new challenges ahead. With the help of our professional executive coaches, the program allows you to tailor your learning journey to your specific needs. The General Management Program consists of six open-enrollment programs, including two electives. GMP is designed to be completed over two years, but you may complete it in only two trips to Wharton's Philadelphia campus by enrolling in multiple programs. At the completion of your program, you will receive a certificate to acknowledge your distinguished accomplishment as well as Wharton alumni status.
Who should attend
Private Equity: Investing and Creating Value is designed for institutional investors as well as investment professionals aspiring to be better private equity managers. A minimum of three years of investment industry experience is recommended. This program will enable participants to better understand opportunities and strategies, and develop their toolkit to be effective in investing in private equities.
The roles and job titles of participants might include:
- Chief investment officers and asset managers responsible for a firm’s portfolio
- Institutional investors with an interest in private equity funds
- Entrepreneurs in the process of receiving and/or structuring capital funds
- Investment consultants, accountants, family office representatives, and private bankers
- Risk managers, actuaries, and quantitative analysts
- Investor relations and investment professionals in private equity
- Principals who invest in private equity and venture capital firms
Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton executive education programs unless otherwise indicated.
Trust the experts
Education PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1976; AM, University of Pennsylvania, 1975; MA, Bogazici University, 1974; BSc, Robert College, 1969 Recent Consulting Senior privatization adviser to several governments and organizations on issues of privatization and economic reform. Governments in...
Education PhD, Princeton University, 2000; B.S., Bogaziçi University, 1991 Academic Positions Held Wharton: 2009present; 19982008. Previous appointment: Stanford University Archishman Chakraborty, Simon Gervais, Bilge Yilmaz (2011), Security Design in Initial Public Offerings , Review of Fina...
David is currently a vice president with American Securities, a private equity firm with over $15 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining in 2015, David was a vice president at Bain Capital in New York, where he worked for nearly nine years. He began his career as a consultant at McK...
Senior Fellow, Health Care Management and Lecturer, Entrepreneurship, Wharton School Founder and President, Pangea University for the Health Sciences In his academic life, Steve is Senior Fellow, Health Care Management and Lecturer, Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School. During his 24 years...
Kevin Kaiser joined the finance faculty at INSEAD in 1992 where he is currently Professor of Management Practice and Director of the Transition to General Management programme. Kevin is also Director of the ABN Amro Managing for Value Research Fund at INSEAD, and is active in conducting and shari...
Ziad Sarkis is the director of Financial Research at the Wharton Alternative Investments Initiative. Prior to his current role, he worked for Zouk Capital, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Deloitte in the U.S. and EMEA regions. He advised private equity funds, family offices, and corporate groups on m...
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