This three-and-a-half-day innovative program provides an ideal combination of lectures by Wharton finance faculty and Wharton alumni who are finance leaders in the private equity industry.
Participants will learn the landscape of the private equity space and be exposed to concepts and tools — shaped by the ongoing research of Wharton Private Equity Professor Bilge Yilmaz — that are used by private equity managers today. Case studies that will be discussed are current, relevant, and designed to maximize peer and faculty interaction.
Session topics include:
- Fund structure
- Leveraged buyout model and comparables analysis
- Deal origination, transaction, and execution
- Value creation
- Advanced and best practices in private equity
Wharton faculty and invited alumni will share their experiences and discuss their views on the private equity landscape with the class. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers through focused Q&A sessions, as well as during breakout sessions.
The Making of a Deal Proposal
Participants will work in small groups to apply their new knowledge to a private equity deal. Teamwork on actual case studies will expose participants to both the mechanics and art of the deal through a real-world lens. This approach will ensure participants understand the key drivers in the private equity market, differences between funds’ strategies, and how those strategies can play out for investors.
To apply this knowledge in a real-world scenario, a distinguishing highlight of this program will be a highly interactive role play and deal analysis. Participants will analyze a deal from two different points of view — as a private equity firm and as a bank preparing debt documents. The culmination of the exercise will be a group presentation to a distinguished panel of Wharton faculty and alumni who will provide real-time feedback and industry insight.
Private Equity Professor Bilge Yilmaz and Mitchell Hollin, WG’89, appeared on Wharton Business Radio, SiriusXM. Listen to this extract of an interview where they talked about Private Equity: Investing and Creating Value.