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Private Equity Masterclass

Learn fundamental analysis in private equity contexts & valuation
  • "Very good! It exceeded my expectations"
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    "Interesting topic, useful and beneficial training programme"
    AVP, Equity Capital Markets, CIMB

    Private Equity Masterclass (5 Day)

    This popular course is comprised of 3 individually bookable modules.
    To register on the full 5 Day Private Equity School, please select 'Register' and follow the registration process. If you would like to register on an individual module, please select your desired module below and follow the registration process on this product page.
    • Module 1: Traditional Private Equity: Leveraged Transactions (Private Equity School)
    • Module 2: Real Assets & Infrastructure Private Equity (Private Equity School)
    • Module 3: Mezzanine Private Equity & Growth Equity (Private Equity School)
    Alternative assets (AA) have attracted a considerable amount of attention and enthusiasm for their performance, diversification effects, and growth of assets under management (AUM). Among various alternative asset classes, traditional leveraged private equity and mezzanine finance share numerous characteristics – illiquidity, long-term horizons, and potential for high levels of returns. Infrastructure private equity and real asset investment add diversification plus inflation protection. All these areas can utilise leverage in acquiring the underlying assets.

    This school provides delegates with a comprehensive understanding of these "illiquid" alternative asset classes. It will:

    • Examine the role of traditional PE, real assets and infrastructure PE, private mezzanine financing (PMF), and growth equity in the portfolio
    • Analyse representative transactions and assess the attractiveness of potential transactions in different transaction contexts
    • Illustrate common types and identify classic sources of traditional PE, real assets, infrastructure, PMF and growth equity transactions
    • Examine entry valuation methodologies, including forecasting and modelling
    • Demonstrate how to structure and fund deals
    • Demonstrate how to generate returns through opportunistic entry, improved fundamental performance post-acquisition, use of leverage and performance incentives, and timely exit
    • Profile sources of financing for transactions of different asset classes
    • Examine funds flows and asset ownership changes associated with different products
    • Demonstrate classic post-acquisition operational improvements, such as more disciplined capital spending, reductions in working capital, and performance-related compensation
    • Profile key due diligence issues, including HR due diligence
    • Review exist alternatives, including leveraged recaps, IPOs, and trade sales to a strategic buyers
    Attendees will see private equity from the standpoint of both:
    • The buy-side, i.e. investors with capital looking to commit it to uncorrelated, historically higher-return, but illiquid investments
    • The sell-side, i.e. intermediaries assisting in the structuring and financing of private equity transactions

    The course will include the analysis of several private equity deals and leveraged buyouts, including a series of Asian transactions. A Socratic approach, with active participation and exercises, will be used.

    FTS Eligible

    This programme is approved for listing on the Financial Training Scheme (FTS) Programme Directory and is eligible for FTS claims subject to all eligibility criteria being met. Please note that in no way does this represent an endorsement of the quality of the training provider and programme. Participants are advised to assess the suitability of the programme and its relevance to participants’ business activities or job roles. The FTS is available to eligible entities, at a 50% funding level of programme fees, subject to a cap of S$2,000/participant/programme and all eligibility criteria being met. FTS claims may only be made for programmes listed on the FTS Programme Directory with specified validity period. Please refer to for more information. Please note that this course is only eligible for FTS Funding upon completion of all modules. Who should attend
    • Private equity professionals
    • Venture capitalists
    • Institutional and family office investors
    • Investment bankers
    • Private wealth and other investment managers
    • Corporate strategic planning and development staff
    • Corporate financiers
    • Corporate M&A teams
    • Placement specialists
    • Accountants
    • Lawyers
  • Day 1
    Deal sourcing and return generation
    Fundamental analysis in private equity contexts and valuation

    • Transaction types: LBOs, MBOs, growth equity
    • Target screening
    - Key industry
    - Sector-level characteristics
    - Key firm-level characteristics
    • Business strategy assessment
    - Business mix, growth goals
    - Margin targets
    - Capital investment
    - Agency problems
    - Operating risk management
    • Financial performance assessment
    - The Troika
    • Financial strategy assessment
    - Cash generation and capital use
    - Historical, target and current capital structures
    - Funding modes and sources
    - Financial risk management
    - Does the financial strategy support the business strategy or vice-versa?
    • Post-acquisition sources of value-added
    - Post economies
    - Improved working capital management
    - Discipline in capital expenditure and similar outlays
    - Monetisation of non-core assets and under utilised assets
    • Forecasts: Debt capacity and future cashflows
    - "Topline" revenue growth rate projections
    - Forecasting margins
    - Forecasting capital expenditures and other capital outlays
    - Forecasting debt service burdens
    - Levered equity cashflows
    • Return requirements and discount rates
    - Target IRRs
    - Other return measures
    • Exit strategies: “Harvesting” returns
    - Strategic buyers
    - Financial buyers
    - Public market exit
    - Leveraged recaps and special dividends
    • Private equity in Europe and Asia
    - Strategic corporate investors
    - Public market funding for highly-leveraged companies
    - Private equity operations of diversified public firms
    - Growth equity
    • Sources of value in private equity
    • Target valuation
    - Valuation methodologies
    - "Entry" pricing vs. Expected "exit" value
    - Net asset value (NAV)
    - Price/Book value
    - Enterprise value/replacement cost
    - Comparable firm multiples
    - Comparable transaction multiples
    - Operational metrics
    - Discounted cashflow approaches
    - Debt capacity and debt/EBITDA ratios


    Case studies:
    Doosan’s corporate transformation: Doosan TechPak LBO by MBK Partners
    Morgan Stanley private equity buys Korean restaurant chain
    Possible disposal of ParkNShop/Watson Group via LBO
    TNT rolls back global expansion on China truck exit via LBO
    Recent Chinese LBOs: Morgan Stanley buyout arm in talks to buy China packager

    Day 2
    Transaction structure
    Debt funding

    - Bank and other senior debt
    - Bridge funding
    - Subordinated and other long-term debt finance
    - Securitisation and structured finance

    • Credit analysis and credit ratings
    • Equity-linked debt
    - Mezzanine funding
    - Convertible securities
    • Equity funding
    - Private equity, LBO and venture capital managers
    - Private market
    • Use of funds: Capital structure and returns
    - Debt/Equity mix
    - Equity-linked securities and dilution impacts: Warrants with-debt, convertibles, pay-in-kind securities
    • Transaction process
    - Due diligence, deal documentation and structuring
    - Due diligence highlight: HR due diligence
    • Exit strategies: "Harvesting" returns
    - Strategic buyers
    - Financial buyers
    - Public market exit
    • Risk management in private equity
    • Liability management
    Case studies:
    • Lion Capital and the Blackstone Group: The Orangina LBO
    • Weiqiao Textile: Possible LBO and sum-of-the-parts analysis
    • Partial LBO of Medco Energi Internasionale
    • Activist investors propose LBO of Korea tobacco and ginseng
    Day 3

    • Infrastructure and real asset investing vs. raditional project finance
    - Established, "stabilised" assets and cashflows vs. "greenfield" projects
    • Infrastructure and real assets vs. Traditional real estate investing
    - Infrastructure as an alternative to premier Class A properties
    • Role of real assets and infrastructure private equity in a portfolio
    - Current returns, diversification, inflation hedge
    • Transaction types:
    - All-equity acquisition of existing infrastructure or real assets
    - Leveraged acquisition of existing infrastructure or real assets
    • Target screening: Infrastructure assets
    - Barriers to entry: "Irreplaceability"
    - Geographic location
    - Tariff structure: Freedom, predictability, enforceability in pricing of the use of asset
    - Technical characteristics: Physical condition, maintenance burdens, operational complexity
    - Types: Transportation, communication, power generation, social infrastructure
    • Target screening: Real assets
    - Supply and demand
    - Geographic location
    - Tariff structure: Freedom, predictability, enforceability in pricing of the exploitation of the resource
    - Technical characteristics: Ease of extraction and transport, maintenance burdens, operational complexity, cost predictability
    - Market conditions
    - Types: Fossil fuels, metals, timberlands, agricultural land
    • A target investment problem: Finding quality assets
    - A shortage of established assets in developed economies
    - Developing economies: Governments as willing sellers in environments of excessive uncertainty
    - The unsuitability of "greenfield" assets for infrastructure/real asset private equity
    - Infrastructure: Politically sensitive sectors - water, electricity, social infrastructure
    - Real assets: The sensitivity of "selling the family silver"
    • Financial performance assessment
    - Cashflow consistency: Non-cyclicality, tariff stability and visibility, limited technological change
    • Financial strategy assessment
    - Incremental capital investment needs
    - Cash generation and capital use
    - Historical, target and current capital structures
    - Funding modes and sources
    • Forecasts: Debt capacity and future cashflows
    - "Topline" revenue growth rate projections
    - Forecasting margins
    - Forecasting capital expenditures and other capital outlays
    - Forecasting debt service burdens
    - Levered equity cashflows
    • Return requirements and discount rates
    - Target IRRs
    - Other return measures
    • The capital structure decision: Role in the portfolio
    - Conservative capitalisation: Seeking inflation-adjusted current returns
    - More aggressive capitalisation: Some bias toward capital gains
    • Exit strategies: “Harvesting” returns
    - Strategic buyers: A shortage of them in infrastructure assets
    - Financial buyers: Other infrastructure/real asset investors, direct investment by pension funds
    - Public market exit: The Macquarie Model
    - Leveraged recapitalisation: Episodic capital gains, with some current return
    - No exit: “Buy-and-hold” for longterm inflation-protected current returns
    • Review of target valuation in real assets and infrastructure assets
    • Transaction structure and funding
    • Debt funding
    - Bank and other senior debt
    - Bridge funding
    - Bonded debt financing
    - Subordinated and other long-term debt finance
    - Securitisation and structured finance
    • Credit analysis and credit ratings
    • Equity-linked debt
    • Equity funding
    - Publicly-traded open-end and closed-end infrastructure funds: The Macquarie Model
    - Private infrastructure/real asset funds
    - Direct investment by pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and endowments
    - "Strategic partner" investment by suppliers, vendors to the specific type of project/sector
    • Use of funds: Capital structure and returns
    - Debt capacity
    - Leveraged vs. Unleveraged structures
    - Equity-linked securities and dilution impacts: Warrants with-debt, convertibles, pay-in-kind securities
    • Transaction process
    - Due diligence, deal documentation and structuring highlight for real assets and infrastructure assets
    Sources of returns/manager value-added in real assets/infrastructure private equity
    • - Timely entry
    - Financial: Aggressive substitution of debt for equity, with careful cashflow management, especially disciplined in cost control and capital expenditure
    - Operational: Post-closure performance improvement due to enhanced managerial resources, more highly-motivated management and workers
    - Strategic: Well-situated, "irreplaceable" assets with tariff autonomy in infrastructure, and scarce resources with consistent, price-insensitive demand in real assets
    - Timely exit
    • Public infrastructure/real asset managers: The Macquarie Model
    • Private real asset/infrastructure managers: Organisational structures and associated funds flows
    - General vs. Limited partners
    - Legal: Specified life, withdrawal prohibitions, transfer restrictions, liability
    - Capital flows: "Takedown" schedules, capital calls, distributions
    - Manager fees and compensation, reporting and accounting policies


    Case studies:

    • Morgan Stanley infrastructure partners
    • The emergence of infrastructure in private equity: Global infrastructure partners
    • Macquarie international infrastructure fund
    • Hochtief sells airports unit to PSP Investments in revamp
    • The BAA LBO: A Detailed Look at “the Tariff”
    • Funds abandon bids for UK water utility as Goldman eyes Veolia UK water assets
    • Felda Global Ventures Holding: Agricultural assets as infrastructure
    • Australia’s Transurban: Tollroads as infrastructure
    • American Tower: Cellphone towers as infrastructure
    • Private equity investment in PCCW

    Day 4
    Role in the portfolio, deal sourcing
    Role of private mezzanine finance (PMF) and growth equity
    PMF strategy types
    - LBOs and MBOs
    - Roll-ups
    - Disposals, divestitures, and equity "carve-outs"
    - PIK, equity-linked, and coupon instruments
    Growth equity as distinguished from traditional leveraged private equity and venture capital
    Growth equity strategy types
    - Growth equity: Minority stakes in private/public companies with some "problem"
    - "Strategic" Investors: Minority stakes in private/public companies which can benefit from strategic guidance
    - Pre-IPO and "cornerstone" investors
    - Turnaround situations: Minority stakes in private/public firms
    Fundamental analysis in growth equity
    - Topline growth
    - Profitability
    - Cash use/generation
    Projected sources of post-acquisition value-added
    - Improved fundamental performance via more disciplined capital investment, better working capital management, and more focused product/market development
    - Improved management incentives and governance
    PMF sources of returns/manager value added
    - Timely entry
    - Financial: Modest use of leverage - really an equity solution
    - Operational: Post-closure performance improvement
    - Strategic: Transformative strategic, operational, managerial, and financial input by a very sophisticated investor
    - Timely exit
    Growth equity sources of returns/manager value-added
    - Timely entry
    - Financial: Disciplined capital investment and cashflow management, but without compromising the exploitation of exciting growth prospects to the fullest, and without additional leverage
    - Operational: Post-closure performance improvement
    - Strategic: Exploitation of organic growth and growth to critical mass in a consolidating sector
    - Timely exit
    Case studies:
    Goldman Sachs mezzanine partners
    Accuflow: Mezzanine in an LBO
    Elephant Bar: Mezzanine investment in a restaurant chain
    Day 5
    Transaction structure and funding
    Transaction structure
    - Sources and uses of funds
    - Capital structure
    - Projected method and timing of exit
    - Projected IRR
    Valuation in PMF
    - Entry: Comparable firm multiples and control premiums
    - Exit valuations: Comparable firm multiples
    - Application of traditional convertible options-based approaches
    Valuation in growth equity
    - Entry: DCF analysis, comparable transactions, peer firm multiples adjusted to reflect control premiums
    - Exit Valuations: Comparable transaction and peer firm multiples
    Due diligence
    - Commercial due diligence
    - Management due diligence
    - Operational due diligence
    - Financial/Accounting due diligence
    - Legal due diligence
    - IT due diligence
    - HR due diligence
    Sources of financing
    - Private convertible preferred stock and convertible bonds
    Exit strategies: “Harvesting” returns
    - Strategic buyers: More common in "growth" equity and mezzanine
    - Financial buyers: Another alternative
    - Public market exit: Attractiveness of "growth" assets in the IPO market
    - Leveraged recapitalisation: Avoiding debt burdens on "growth" assets
    - No exit: "Buy-and-hold" for future dividend distributions
    PMF/Growth equity managers: Organisational structures and associated funds flows
    - General vs. Limited partners
    - Legal: Specified life, withdrawal prohibitions, transfer restrictions, liability
    - Capital flows: "Takedown" schedules, capital calls, "cashflow waterfalls" and distributions
    - Manager fees and compensation: management fees, "transaction" fees, and carried interest
    Case studies:
    Priceline convertible “growth equity” investment in CTrip
    Silverlake growth equity investment in Avago to finance LSI deal
    Growth equity: Texas Pacific, Newbridge, and general Atlantic investment in Lenovo
    MBK partners turnaround investment in Japanese jeweler Tasaki Shinju
    Crocs, Inc. announces financial partnership with Blackstone in turnaround
    Oaktree Capital’s $225m investment to lift cracked Diamond Foods
    Goldman backs bankrupt Nine Entertainment’s debt-for-equity deal


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    We produce learning solutions that are completely unique to your business. We’ll guide you through the whole process, from the initial consultancy to evaluating the success of the full learning experience. Our learning specialists ensure you get the maximum return on your training investment.

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  • Andrew Regan

    With experience that spans both practical and academic spheres, I specialise in delivering training in the theory and practice of corporate finance and financial markets. My specialty is valuation in the public and private equity markets, but other interests include portfolio management and real estate valuation.


    Andrew, CFA, started in investment banking at Merrill Lynch; serving as a financial advisor to municipal entities and directing their efforts in raising public capital in the tax-exempt debt markets. After business school, he became a Retailing Analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette in New York, where he counseled large institutional investors on their retail sector holdings. In addition to these conventional sell-side equity research duties, he was centrally engaged while at DLJ in a number of banking transactions involving merchants, including LBOs, IPOs, primary and secondary equity offerings, and private placements.He then returned to Harvard Business School as a Charles M. Williams Fellow and Dean’s Doctoral Award Winner. His research interests included the performance of LBOs, privatization in emerging markets, competition in the securities markets, and capital availability in the airline industry. In 1994-95 he served as Secretary to Professor Samuel Hayes, Warren Buffet, GE Chairman John Welch, former Merrill Lynch Chairman Daniel Tully, and other members of the Compensation Practices Committee, a blue-ribbon panel of securities industry experts appointed by SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt to look at remuneration in the retail brokerage business.Andrew provides consulting support to financial service organizations looking for organisational and staff development in the theory, practice, and products of corporate finance and financial markets. This includes both the sell-side process of such activity (advisory, M&A, and capital markets) as well as the concomitant buy-side analysis (investors and their analytical approaches).He has delivered projects for clients in North America as well as Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Those clients include all the U.S. Bulge Bracket firms, as well as several Persian Gulf and Chinese financial institutions, and he has worked with private firms on a variety of financial and strategic issues. He has also worked with financial staff at China Petroleum and Chemical (Sinopec), the large Chinese downstream/integrated firm, on analysis and valuation.Andrew received his A.B. magna cum laude with Highest Honors in Modern European History from Harvard College in 1983, his M.Sc., with Distinction, in West European Politics from the London School of Economics in 1986, and his M.B.A., with High Honors, from HBS, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar, in 1988. He holds the CFA Charter.