Private Equity

Key information

Duration: 11 weeks (online, part time)
Programme dates:

Study online, Eleven weeks
Fees: £1,450

Programme overview

Private Equity examines the role of private equity as a financing tool and as an investment opportunity, and explores the critical issues that the parties involved in a transaction - investors, lending banks, managers, entrepreneurs/shareholders and advisors - will face during the investment process and their negotiations. 

This eleven week online programme draws on expertise from Imperial College Business School faculty, industry experts and case studies. You will explore the types and economics of private equity and topics such as raising equity and debt, growth capital, leveraged buyouts, and distress. You'll also learn how to set up private equity firms and funds, and discover career opportunities available in the industry.

You will experience live online teaching sessions, video lectures, interactive activities and assignments whilst receiving personal support from a dedicated Learning Team.

You will finish the programme prepared to implement your learnings, and with a verified Digital Certificate from Imperial College Business School Executive Education. 

Who should attend?

This programme allows participants working in investment banking and finance build solid foundational knowledge in the private equity industry and take advantage of it as a financial tool and an investment opportunity. It is particularly relevant for the following roles:

  • Investment Banking Professionals looking to transition to a private equity role and build credibility by adding a certificate to their profile.
  • CXOs and Senior Executives looking to build a roadmap for initiatives that will generate the most value for the company, and recognise the drivers of value creation in private equity.
  • Mid-Level Managers and Analysts working in the Investment Banking or Finance industry seeking to understand how private equity negotiations and deal structuring work.
  • Professionals working in Private Equity firms looking to build value for their company and progress their career in the field of private equity.
  • Consultants or Financial Advisers aiming to create value for client companies, excel at deal management, build long-term relationships, and better understand how to evaluate PE investment opportunities.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the origins and organisation of the private equity industry
  • Recognise the various segments of private equity and how they create value
  • Illustrate the investment process and the importance of due diligence
  • Identify the latest developments in the private equity industry
  • Evaluate private equity investment opportunities
  • Determine private equity negotiations and deal structuring
  • Illustrate the managing and monitoring of an investment
  • Perform valuation of LBOs and calculations for performance distribution
  • Appreciate the roles and careers in the private equity industry

Learning Journey

Module 1: Types and Economics of Private Equity

Module 2: Introduction to the Private Equity Industry

Module 3: Opportunity and Risk for Investors

Module 4: Private Equity Financing and Investment Process

Module 5: LBO Analysis and Valuation

Module 6: After the Deal

Module 7: Private Equity Through the Credit Crisis and Industry Evolution

Module 8: Future of Private Equity

Module 9: Private Equity in Developing Markets

Module 10: Fund Organisation and Career Opportunities


Programme Faculty and Experts

Marc Kitten

Marc Kitten

Visiting Professor

Marc Kitten is a founding partner at Candesic Strategy Consultants in London. He has 25 years of experience of transactions and financial markets. He advises corporations and financial investors in the areas of corporate strategy and corporate finance. He serves on the boards of several fast-growing companies. Prior to co-founding Candesic, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. In London and a Vice-President at Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt.

He is also a visiting professor in finance and strategy with 20 years of teaching experience at Imperial College London and other Business Schools in Europe, Asia and the US. He lectures both graduates and executives in most aspects of corporate finance and strategy. He is the author of the 2009 Vault Guide to Careers in Private Equity in Europe and has published several case studies.

Marc holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, completed the Young Managers Programme at INSEAD and graduated from EDHEC Business School in Finance. 

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Imperial College Business School Global MBA

Successful completion of the Private Equity programme may be used for credit on the Imperial College Business School Global Online MBA, subject to acceptance onto the Global Online MBA programme and the payment of a small fee. 

Key information

Duration: 11 weeks (online, part time)
Programme dates:

Study online, Eleven weeks
Fees: £1,450