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Private Equity: Venture Capital, Growth Capital & LBO

From Venture Capital to LBO, a comprehensive approach
  • This course is made up of two distinct modules, which can be booked individually.

    Module 1 - Private Equity for Institutional Investors & Consultants (Days 1 & 2)

    Module 2 - Private Equity Investing (Day 3)

    Private markets attract a considerable amount of attention and enthusiasm for their performance, diversification effects, and growth of assets under management. Among the different strategies, private equity capitalises on new technologies and trends (venture capital), fast growth companies (growth capital), repositioning of assets and strategic evolutions (leveraged buyouts). Private debt aims at providing investors a differentiated exposure to yield (senior/direct lending), possibly including capital gains (mezzanine debt) and to company restructuring (distressed debt, loan-to-own). Private real assets (private real estate, private infrastructure, timber, natural resources) offer different combinations of yield  capital gains, inflation protection and downside protection. All these strategies share common traits, such as the use of equity and debt instruments, over a rather long duration, with active involvement of fund managers and negotiation of specific rights, usually to support high risk/high return projects.

    This masterclass provides delegates with a comprehensive understanding of private markets. It will:

    • Examine the role of private markets in an asset allocation, the instruments used and the challenges associated with their use
    • Examine the dimensions of private markets investing and the tools that investors use
    • Illustrate the portfolio construction process
    • Analyse the economics of private markets funds, their fund raising process and their investor relations
    • Analyse a representative LBO transaction from deal sourcing, to structuring, to execution, to exit
    • Illustrate key due diligence issues
    • Demonstrate how to structure and fund deals
    • Examine valuation methods, and apply the most frequently used
    • Demonstrate how to generate returns through value creation post-acquisition, use of tax and financial leverage, operational improvements, 100-day plans and other operational and strategic improvements
    • Review exit scenarios such as trade sale, dividend recaps, IPOs, and write-offs
    • Explore reporting of funds, and accounting frameworks

    Attendees will see private markets from the standpoint of both:

    • The buy-side (investors), i.e. capital providers to the asset class, looking to commit it according to specific risk-return-liquidity dimensions
    • Fund managers (front office), i.e. intermediaries investing capital to acquire, grow and sell companies and assets
    • Fund managers (middle and back office), i.e. Intermediaries fund raising, monitoring investments and reporting on it
    • The sell-side (ecosystem), i.e. intermediaries assisting fund managers or interacting with them



    The course will combine dynamically presentations, ateliers, business cases, role playing and interactive Q&A sessions. Active participation is encouraged through the virtual medium and practical exercises will be used.   We encourage a truly interactive approach on our virtual courses.   The courses are held live and you still get to meet your fellow participants through meeting rooms technology.


    A good level of spoken and written English is required to attend this course. Delegates should be of an intermediate standard in English at a minimum. Please refer to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - as a guide the level required is B2.  

  • This course will be run using meeting room technology. For more information please contact

    Each day will consist of 3 x 2 hour sessions, and the timings are below (all times are CET - Central European Time) 


    Session 1 - 9am - 11amSession 2 - 12.30pm - 2.30pmSession 3 - 3.15pm - 5.15pm  

    DAY 1 (3 x 2 hours)
    Private equity: asset allocation, instruments and strategies

    • Private equity, private debt, private real assets: strategies and instruments
    • The private equity value chain
    • Levels of intermediation: direct/co-investment, funds and funds-of-funds
    • Challenges: Why is investing in private markets difficult?
    • Current debates: reputation, clichés and reality
    The three dimensions of private markets investing
    • Liquidity: measurement and constraints
    • Returns: measurement (IRR, MOIC, PME), comparison, dynamics and interpretation (net/gross)
    • Workshop: illustrating the limits of the IRR
    • Risks: measurement, limits
    • Benchmarking: data sources, quartiles (limits)
    • Current debates: lines of credit (equity bridge financing), the cost of unused capital
    Asset allocation and private markets
    • Perspective on private markets: volumes, evolution, geographical and strategic breakdown
    • Risk-return-liquidity: setting up a portfolio (market neutral portfolio)
    • Top-down and bottom-up approaches
    • Current debates: numerator and denominator effects
    Private equity funds: functioning and selection
    • Listed versus unlisted funds
    • Fund managers and structures (LP, SIF, RAIF, FPCI, SPAC, BDC, VCT,...)
    • Functioning of a fund (vintage year, investment and divestment period...)
    • Specificities: capital deployment, dry powder, J- curve
    • Functioning of a fund manager
    • Economics (fees, hurdle, carried, catch-up...)

    Q&A and wrap-up

    DAY 2 (3 x 2 hours)

    Fund raising and structuring, investors relations: How to convince investors and keep them happy?

    Who are the investors and how do they think?
    • Typology of investors and their priorities
    • Sources of capital and constraints
    • How do investors think?
    • What do investors want?
    • The big puzzle of alignment of interests
    • Current debates: number of fund relationship, one-stop shop, alignment of interests
    Fund raising: a permanent process
    • Setting the scene: number of fund managers, volumes raised, dry powder
    • The process of fund raising: timing, length, success rate
    • The ecosystem: placement agents, gatekeepers, sponsors, etc.
    • Specificities: track record, first-time funds, cycles
    • Current debates: staple financing, funds of funds, concentration of fund managers
    • Documentation: PPM, presentation, track record, pipeline, pitch...
    Communicating: reporting, AGM and other channels
    • Information asymmetries, due diligence and limits
    • Balance of power
    • The LP’s choice: exit, voice or loyalty
    • Exit: dynamics, difficulties and limits
    • Voice: ‘diplomacy’ (lobbying, pressure, scandals), war (trials and regulators) and negotiations (LPA to regulations)
    • Loyalty... or not: re-committing to a fund, dropping one, getting access
    • Workshop: is changing the fund manager really an option?
    Q&A and wrap-up


    DAY 1 (3 x 2 hours)
    Investing: Funds, funds-of-funds, mandates, co-investments
    Setting a program, selecting funds and fund managers
    • Choosing the right environment for selecting funds: from outsourcing to in-house operations
    • Setting up the right program, depending on the constraints
    • Selecting funds (and funds-of-funds): sourcing, approaching and accessing
    • Specificities: persistence of return
    • Challenges: adverse selection, contagion, lack of alignment of interests, conservatism, herding effects
    • Competition between investors
    • What managers look for in an investor?
    • Request for proposals: virtues and limits
    • Current debates: concentration of fund managers, conflicts of interests, generational change
    • Current debates: fee level, hidden fees, hurdle rate,...

    • Documentation: The private placement memorandum
    • Documentation: The due diligence questionnaire (and the DD pack)
    • Documentation: The Limited Partnership Agreement
    Investing in private companies: sourcing, analysing, negotiating, creating value and exiting
    • The investment process: five steps
    • Choosing the tools: the case of the LBO
    • Other types of investments
    Analysing a deal: mid-market cleaning company
    • Interactive business case (no preparation): deal analysis I
    • Interactive business case: deal analysis II
    • Negotiation and valuation
    • Structuring
    • Leverage effects
    • Performance calculation and analysis
    • Limits and risks
    The deal and post-investment activities
    • The closing and its legal documents
    • 100-day plan, implementation, most frequent operations
    • Value creation
    • Exiting a deal: IPO, trade sale, secondary sale,...


    Q&A and wrap-up

  • Our Tailored Learning Offering

    Do you have five or more people interested in attending this course? Do you want to tailor it to meet your company’s exact requirements? If you’d like to do either of these, we can bring this course to your company’s office. You could even save up to 50% on the cost of sending delegates to a public course and dramatically increase your ROI.

    If you want to run this course at a location convenient to you or if you want a completely customised learning solution, we can help.

    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.

  • We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

    We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

    • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
    • Track record – 10/10 of the world’s largest banks have chosen us as there training provider and we have delivered training across the largest banks and have trained over 25,000 professionals.
    • Knowledge – our 100+ strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
    • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 25,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 99 countries.
    • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 4.2/5 on service and 4.7/5 on Coursecheck
This course can be run as an In-house or Tailored Learning programme


  • Cyril Demaria

    I combine practical and entrepreneurial experience with academic knowledge to deliver comprehensive training that's relevant and rigourous.


    Cyril Demaria is a renowned international private markets expert combining in-depth practical knowledge, an entrepreneurial background with extensive academic expertise. He was notably Partner and Head of Private Markets at Wellershoff & Partners, Head of Private Markets at the Chief Investment Office of UBS, Founder and Managing Partner of venture capital funds, and Chief Investment Officer of Tiaré Investment Management. He holds a PhD from University St Gallen, a Master in European Business Law, a Master in Geopolitics, a Bachelor in Political Sciences and he is a graduate from HEC Paris. He is the author of multiple books, his best-seller "Introduction to Private Equity, Debt and Real Assets" (Wiley, 3rd edition, 2020) is also available in French (7th edition), Portuguese, Mandarin and Spanish. He is also the author of "Asset Allocation and Private Markets" (Wiley, 2021). He is an Affiliate Professor at EDHEC and collaborates as an expert with the European Commission, Invest Europe, SECA, LPEA and France Invest.