Fundamentals Of Private Equity

The fundamentals of private equity funds, investment process, activities and more.

What you’ll learn

  • How a PE fund pipeline works, including sourcing, investing and monitoring past investments
  • How PE funds, what type of investors allocate to them, and the usual provisions discussed
  • The usual valuation models and deal financing in PE deals
  • The different types of PE strategies (VC, Growth, LBO, Special Situations)
  • Advanced types of funds (Secondaries funds and Funds of Funds)


  • Have a basic knowledge of corporate finance
  • Have a basic knowledge of investing (asset classes)


This courses covers the fundamentals of the Private Equity practice. It includes considerations such as
– How the Private Equity industry positions itself vis-a-vis other high finance activities like Venture Capital (which is part of it), Hedge Funds, Investment Banking and others;
– The usual types of activities for Private Equity teams throughout the three main sources of a PE fund pipeline: sourcing and vetting opportunities, investing, and post-investment monitoring;
– How Private Funds work, usual provisions and model (blind pool, 5-10y timeframe, restructuring, extensions, the secondaries market) and the J-Curve timing of returns;
– The type of retail and institutional investors allocating to Private Equity, as well as the usual types of provisions discussed;
– How companies change when undertaking an LBO (leveraged buyout), as well as the two ways of creating value for them – financial engineering and operational optimization;

Whether you’re an aspiring Private Equity associate, or an existing professional in a different area of high finance looking to know more about the Private Equity industry and practice, this course may be able to assist you.

Author(s): Vasco Patrcio

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