Group discussion

We host a number of annual events at Saïd Business School, including the Private Equity Forum and the Risk Management Symposium.

Private Equity Forum

Lecture audience

We introduced the annual Private Equity Forum in 2006 to bring together academics and investors to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the private equity sector. 

The 2019 Forum will take place on Wednesday 13 February. The afternoon will comprise of six sessions covering different topics within private equity, with speakers taking questions from the floor. An overview of the research in private equity being undertaken at Oxford will also be presented.  

A drinks reception follows the forum where there will be an opportunity to network with speakers, industry experts, alumni and students.

Please find details of the programme for previous events:

Private Equity Forum 2018

Private Equity Forum 2017

Private Equity Forum 2016

Private Equity Forum 2015

Private Equity Forum 2014

Risk Management Symposium

Business School

We are hosting the annual Risk Management Symposium on 22-23 November 2018.

Private equity’s illiquid nature means it is often perceived as one of the riskiest asset classes. However, it is precisely the associated risk premium that attracts institutional investors to private equity. Risk management in this area is still predominantly associated with risk avoidance, whereas harvesting the illiquidity risk premium requires specific management techniques for seeking risks in order to achieve an attractive risk/return relationship for private equity portfolios. The symposium aims to advance private equity portfolio management practices and build a community of private equity practitioners and academics with a view to extending both the theoretical understanding and practical management of the issues raised.

The symposium is a unique opportunity for major industry stakeholders and academics to discuss the current state of risk management in private equity, and plans for the future.

Previous events

Risk Management Symposium 2017

Risk Management Symposium 2016

Risk Management Symposium 2015

Risk Management Symposium 2014

Private Equity Research Consortium


We will host the Inaugural European Private Equity Research Consortium (PERC) Symposium on 30 and 31 May 2019.

This will be the first European iteration of the annual PERC US conference, which has become the pre-eminent conference on private equity, and will bring together leading academics and practitioners for discourse and discussion on innovative topics in the field of private equity and private credit.

Private Equity Research Consortium (PERC) is a group of scholars and industry professionals that conducts and promotes research on private equity. The core mission is to develop better understanding of how private capital investments affect both financial results and broader economic outcomes.