Oxford Programme on Valuation of Private Assets

Access private markets expertise to make better investment decisions

Start date:


  • 5 days on campus

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • £8,000 plus accommodation

About the programme

Private markets are a fast-growing area of finance and an important asset class in investor portfolios.

Corporate buyers look for ways to add new technologies and products to their platforms through acquisitions of mature companies and startups. Buyout and venture capital managers are actively looking for ways to deploy capital. Increasing investor allocations fuel the expansion of private credit, infrastructure and real estate. Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) and impact investing are top of mind for many institutions.  

These dynamics lead to an increased activity in private markets. Professionals who want to remain fluent in financial markets need to sharpen their valuation toolkit and stay up-to-date on current trends. This in turn, will allow them to take full advantage of the plethora of opportunities in private assets. 


On this programme you will gain hands-on valuation experience across: 

  • Early-stage companies 
  • Mature companies 
  • Private credit 
  • Infrastructure 
  • Real estate 
  • Emerging markets 
  • ESG and impact investing 

What you can expect from this programme

Programme outline

Day one: The private assets landscape

  • The world of illiquid assets
  • Valuation principles
  • Real Estate Valuation
  • Private Credit
  • Impact investing case study: affordable housing.

Day two: Venture and negotiation tactics

  • Valuing start ups
  • Term sheets negotiations 
  • Valuing private assets at scale
  • Valuation mind games and negotiations 

Day three: Due diligence, infrastructure and emerging markets

  • Due diligence 
  • Financial modeling  
  • Common valuation mistakes 
  • Valuation in emerging markets 
  • Infrastructure valuation 


Day four: Advanced valuation topics 

  • Advanced valuation issues 
  • Valuation disputes 
  • Valuation of digital assets 
  • Dealmaking and price negotiation 

Day five: Valuation disputes and discussion 

  • Dispute resolution: role play 
  • Social impact discussion 
  • Hot valuation topics 


Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network.


Benefits to you

  • Understand the valuation of illiquid investments  
  • Structure transactions that meet the demands of both entrepreneurs and investors   
  • Improve your due diligence skills and present stronger deals to the investment committee  
  • Discuss real-life transactions with experienced executives  
  • Expand your professional network and enhance your value on the job market 
  • Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network


Benefits to your organisation

  • Enhanced due diligence process and strategic decision-making  
  • Sharper assessment of the risks, opportunities and rewards of new investments  
  • Stronger position in transaction negotiations  
  • Incorporate ESG and social impact investing into your organisation 
  • Confidence to consider business opportunities in a new asset category or geography

Joining the programme

Who can apply?

Professionals from across investment and corporate finance including:

  • Executives from corporates looking to acquire early stage technology companies  
  • Strategy, finance or business development directors charged with building by acquisition
  • Teams from institutional investors who need knowledge across asset classes
  • Family offices evaluating direct investment proposals
  • Banks and corporate finance consultants advising on transactions and strategies
  • Entrepreneurs looking to structure funding for new ventures.

How to apply?


27 November - 1 December 2023


Programme fee includes all tuition, education materials and all daytime refreshments and evening meals including one at an Oxford college.

Accommodation – this is a non-residential programme. We will book your accommodation and include it on your invoice.

Registrations are confirmed on receipt of full payment of the programme fee, and places are allocated in order of receipt of payment.

Corporate privileges

Take advantage of our corporate partner rate (15%) if three or more people from your organisation take part.

Further benefits for organisations are available when three or more participants attend one of our executive programmes within 12 months.


Visa requirements

Once you have a confirmed place on a programme, we suggest you apply for a visa as soon as possible, as it can take up to 100 days to process.

Saïd Business School can provide a letter to support your visa application if required.

Meet the directors

Ludovic Phalippou directs the programme, bringing you over 20 years experience in researching and teaching private markets.

Meet the faculty

The programme is delivered by a team of professors from Oxford’s finance faculty, who have researched, taught and consulted in areas covered by this course, including entrepreneurial finance, buyouts, impact investing, private credit and real assets. They have also authored some of the best-selling books on these subjects.

Industry expert contributors

Industry leaders will demonstrate how valuation is applied in real-life cases and discuss current private market trends.

FT Rankings 2020

Our Open Programmes have risen to number two in the world, and maintained their position as first in the UK for the sixth consecutive year in the 2020 FT Executive Education Rankings.

Terms and conditions


Tindara Lo Re, Business Development Team


+44(0)7840 635061