Private Equity

Financing, Investing, and Value Creation
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I really appreciate the fact that the programme is very complete and gives you a strong theoretical framework as well as practical applications and tools to better understand and apply to a private eq...
Alexis de Beauregard,
Global Head – Home Business Unit,
AXA Partners
For me, the best part was all the case studies. I liked the real-world bias of the programme. I thought it was tremendously interesting. Also, I appreciate having learned some technical quantitative s...
Olivier Chatriot,
Director, Pan-European Sales,
It was a well-set-up programme from a technical and platform point of view. Module content was excellent with and in-depth completeness of the programme.
Martin Huber,
Head of Treasury Europe,
The best part was the valuation and case studies that made me search, analyse and write a structured analysis of a given situation.
Rashid Labkhan,
Project Manager,
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

Programme highlights

This programme provides a strong theoretical framework as well as practical applications and tools that will enable you to:

  • 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

Programme experience

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Video lectures

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Live webinars

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Interactive activities

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Case studies

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Dedicated programme support team

What you will learn

This 11-week programme provides participants with a thorough understanding of the past, present, and future of private equity as well as the opportunities and risks it presents for investors and insights into recent developments in emerging markets. Unlike many finance courses this is not an overly quantitative programme. While the discussion of valuation contains quantitative work, the main focus will be on analytics—especially qualitative factors.

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. Representative roles may include:

  • Investment Banker

  • Investment Banking Associate

  • Investment Banking Specialist

  • Investment Manager

  • Investment Advisor

  • Investment Banking Analyst

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. Representative roles may include:

  • Chief Executive Officer

  • Chief Finance Officer

  • Chief Investment Officer

  • Managing Director

  • Managing Partner

  • President

  • Vice President

  • Director of Financial Services

Mid-Level Managers and Analysts working in the Investment Banking or Finance industry seeking to understand how private equity negotiations and deal structuring work. Representative roles may include:

  • Quantitative Analyst

  • Accountant

  • Hedge Fund Manager

  • Risk Manager

  • Asset Manager

  • Financial Analyst

  • Investment Analyst

  • Fund Manager

Professionals working in Private Equity firms looking to build value for their company and progress their career in the field of private equity. Representative roles may include:

  • Private Equity Associate

  • Private Equity Specialist

  • Private Equity Analyst

  • Private Equity & Venture Capital Investor

  • Investor

  • Associate

  • Senior Associate

  • Partner

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. Representative roles may include:

  • Investment Consultant

  • Finance Consultant

  • Financial Adviser

  • Family Office Representatives

  • Private Banker

  • Private Investor

  • Investor Relations Specialist

Programme faculty

Faculty Member Marc Kitten

Partner at Candesic Strategy Consultants, Visiting Professor in Finance at Imperial College London

Marc Kitten is a founding partner at Candesic Strategy Consultants in London. He has 25 years of experience in transactions and financial markets and advises corporations and ...

Case studies

The programme incorporates real-world case studies into the lessons to illustrate both best practices and missteps in action, including:

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Berkshire Partners: Bidding for Carter’s

Review the private equity firm’s considerations and overall strategy in recommending a final bid and financial structure for a leveraged buyout of the children’s apparel company, from their initial research and due diligence to valuation and bid strategy.

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China Fire

Explore different methodologies for valuing a company through the lens of this case, where a Chinese company in the fire protection industry is being taken private by its family owners and Bain Capital’s private equity arm.


Yell Group

See how a team of private equity investors work to value the leveraged buyout of a Yellow Pages business that operated in both the United States and the United Kingdom as they deal with cross-border valuation issues as well as how to value a stable cash cow business and a growth business.



Study how international law firm Clifford Chance advised Citigroup on the disposals of EMI's recorded music business and music publishing business for a combined $4.1bn value.


Kmart, Sears, and Esl

How did a hedge fund become one of the world’s largest retailers? Explore the emergence of financial buyers like private equity funds and hedge funds as strong competitors to strategic buyers in the same industry in the mergers and acquisitions market.


Southern Cross

Follow the formation and development of a private equity firm investing in Latin America in this case study.



Upon completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a verified Digital Certificate of Participation by Imperial College Business School Executive Education.

Please note that this programme contributes to earning Associate Alumni status. Visit the Associate Alumni page to find out more.

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. Completion of this programme does not guarantee entry to the Global Online MBA programme.

The Imperial learning experience


At Imperial College Business School, we create people-centric learning experiences. From conception through to delivery, we are guided by the principle that learning is a creative, personal and above all, human process. Our high quality, crafted learning environments are highly interactive, community-orientated and actively tutored. Our programmes offer an engaging experience designed to facilitate natural learning behaviours.


No compromises. Our online programmes offer the absolute equivalent of our campus-based programmes. They adopt the same rigorous academic standards, are delivered via our world-leading faculty and offer a comparable high-touch approach to the classroom experience.


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