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Oxford Private Equity Programme

Oxford Private Equity Programme


The five days of our Private Equity Programme include sessions on the risk characteristics of private equity, how deals are valued, the due diligence process, the role of leverage, and exit routes. An examination of how performance is benchmarked provides the skills to evaluate potential private equity opportunities.

We conclude with a unique opportunity to debate and assess the future of private equity with leading experts and practitioners from across the world.

Day one – The institutional investor perspective

  • Setting and managing private equity allocations in an investment portfolio
  • Designing private equity investment structures
  • Managing the risks, costs and relationships involved
  • Limited Partnership Agreements

Day two – Explore how private equity adds value 

  • Identify where the real money is – and why
  • Measuring the performance of PE funds
  • Fund economics and GP performance persistence
  • Debate the idea that PE may be the natural best shareholder for some companies
  • Co-investments and direct PE investing

Day three – Private equity investment structures

  • How PE firms value their portfolio companies
  • LBO modelling
  • Benchmark returns with a fund modelling exercise
  • Explore leveraged finance, buy-outs and the role of debt after the banking crisis
  • Financial & Legal structuring

Day four – Venture Capital and emerging markets

  • What is Venture Capital? How big is the venture capital market in comparison to the private equity industry? 
  • VC Valuation
  • Issues affecting Venture Capital - anti-dilution, board structure, fund raising, liquidation, negotiating term sheets and sources of capital.
  • Private equity in emerging markets - using PE to access opportunities in Africa and Asia
  • How does development finance contribute towards the establishment and growth of the private equity sector in emerging markets?

Day five – Exit routes and the future of private equity

  • Discuss which exit routes are preferred and why
  • Are hybrid forms of private equity ownership emerging as the industry evolves? Are co-investments an attractive proposition?
  • Future trends of private equity  – based on the latest research from our Private Equity Institute
Mark Spivakovsky

'The Oxford Private Equity Programme was a fantastic experience. A unique opportunity to learn from the best in the industry and meet practitioners from around the world, in an enjoyable setting.'

Corporate Lawyer and Director
BlackRock, Singapore


Contact us
Sara Nema
+44(0)1865 422533
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