Private Equity Training Programmes

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Our private equity programmes have been developed by our faculty, specifically with practitioners in mind and are aimed at all levels. Whether you require an overview course such as The Principles of Private Equity, or more advanced skills based courses such as Modelling, or Fundraising & Investor Relations or Negotiation skills, we have a specific programme for you.

With our aim to serve the training needs of the industry, we are always developing new ideas for programmes. In the event that you do not see a programme scheduled for your geographic region or if you do not find a programme for your requirements, please let us know, chances are that we may already be working on it, or we can always develop it on an in-house basis for you.

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Course Overviews

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Private Equity for Support Staff

Private Equity for Support Staff is a non-technical 1-day course where the key concepts of this fascinating asset class are broken down, simplified and explained in a clear way using everyday language. This interactive course designed to give attendees an introduction to private equity and venture capital. It is aimed at personal assistants and support staff who work at a private equity or venture capital firm or service provider, and need an understanding and overview of what the industry is about. There is plenty of scope for Q&A. At the end of the training day, attendees will have a much better understanding of the private equity landscape and where their firm fits in the picture.


The Principles of Private Equity

The Principles of Private Equity is a two day programme exploring the key principles and practices of private equity investing. The programme is built around a series of workshop exercises, designed to illustrate to delegates the practical experiences that drive current private equity practice. These exercises are supplemented by consolidatory reviews of current tools, techniques and practices.


Financial Modelling for Private Equity

This Financial Modelling & Structuring seminar will teach the mechanics of modelling and will attempt to equip participants with general framework and “cookie cutter” tools to help them perform various practical financial modelling & structuring tasks as done in most investment banks. The course is designed to make participants think about the detail of creating a financial model and learn about the different types of models used for different purposes. The course will provide a comprehensive picture on why modelling is hopeless without clear structuring and vice versa.


 Private Equity Financial Controllers & CFOs Workshop

A study by McKinsey & Company (Private equity: Changing perceptions and new realities, April 2014) has illustrated that private-equity performance has been misunderstood in some essential ways. It illustrated that the private equity industry decisively outperforms public equities with respect to risk-adjusted returns, but this good news comes with a caution: top private-equity firms now seem less able to produce consistently successful funds because success has become more democratic as the general level of investing skill has increased.

The study argues that the new priority for success is differentiated capabilities. Limited partners expect funds that exploit a general partner’s distinctive strengths will do well, while more generalist approaches may fall from favour. Institutional investors will need to get better at identifying and assessing these skills, and private-equity firms will need to look inward to understand better and capitalise on the factors that truly drive their performance. 
Also, some LPs have begun to “insource,” effectively doing private-equity investments on their own and recent academic research has found this approach preferable for institutional investors in certain circumstances; direct private investment saves fees and can generate better results than an external manager. However, this approach is clearly not for everyone, as it involves overcoming internal structural obstacles as well as building and maintaining investment teams with the right skills.

Whatever approach is adopted, the implications for the financial specialists in the private equity firm are clear – certain key elements in terms of making investments, such as good due diligence, particularly of the commercial issues involved, valuation related issues, managing investments to create value, and exiting investments, are critical. 
The Private Equity Financial Controllers & CFOs Workshop will examine in detail these and other important aspects of the financial specialist's responsibilities. The objective is to show how the financial specialist can contribute fully to being a core advisor in key corporate strategies and decision-making


Investor Relations & Fundraising for Private Equity

This is an intensive 2-day interactive seminar, aimed at professionals who are involved in investor relations and fundraising activities. The programme starts off with the role itself and how it is different in today’s environment. Next is a focus on key stakeholders and how to look after them. Other modules explore ways of communicating with existing and potential investors and steps in getting ready for the next fundraise. Throughout the programme, the current concerns of IR professionals and limited partners will be constantly debated.


Marketing for Private Equity Professionals

This an intensive one-day interactive executive education course tailored specifically to the private equity & venture capital sectors. It is aimed at private equity and marketing professionals who are involved with the marketing of medium-sized private equity firms and of venture capital firms. Delegates will be given the tools, through talks, case studies and practical exercises, to develop or refine a workable marketing strategy for their own firms and to learn how to implement the strategy through an effective marketing programme.


Private Equity – Negotiation and Investment Structuring

This is an intermediate level, 2 day series of workshops focusing directly on modern practice, in both the buyout and growth capital arenas. It is an exercise driven skill enhancement programme for front line private equity practitioners, advisers and managers. Delegates will have a familiarity with the basic tenets of private equity and be seeking to refine their practical structuring skills and understanding.The programme format entails high levels of participation from delegates, in case studies, exercises, simulations and debates. All tools and models used come from actual, modern practice and learning is heavily focused on real life case studies. Formal lecturing is reduced to the essential minimum required. Delegates will be expected to arrive with an understanding of basic financial and accounting concepts and familiarity with spreadsheet models, but the programme is highly flexible in coping with different degrees of experience. A willingness to participate actively is essential.


Management Teams and Organisation Issues in Private Equity Investments

This workshop will equip participants with a general overview and practical tools to help them understand – and deal with - the range of management and organisational issues which investors need to deal with across the life cycle of an investment. In particular, it will provide a framework for assessing managers (both in-post and candidates) and teams, as well as identifying organisational effectiveness levels and how they can be improved. The sessions intend to show that, whilst such issues may be unfamiliar for financially-trained investors, and can appear complex, they can be approached in disciplined way that produces superior outcomes. Given the nature of the material, the course will be highly interactive.


Media and Presentation Skills for Private Equity

 Working in partnership with Bladonmore, we are delighted to bring you Media and Presentation Skills for Private Equity. This specialist course is a one day session focused around the key theme of storytelling. We look at how that applies both to presenting in public and in the challenging environment of a press interview.


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Cancellation Policy - Attendee cancellations received more than fifty (50) days in advance of the course will receive a full refund of the fees paid for a course. Cancellations received from forty-nine (49) to thirty six (36) days in advance of the course will be subject to a fee of 50% of fees paid. All cancellations must be made in writing (by letter, or email - proof of receipt will be required) to the relevant contact at Ascentium Associates or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .Unfortunately no refunds will be made for cancellations made within thirty five (35) days of a course. Cancellations received less than thirty five (35) days in advance of a course will receive a 100% credit to be used at another course for up to 12 months from the cancellation date.

Substitution Policy - A registered attendee may transfer this place on a course to another colleague from the same organisation provided we are notified in advance of the commencement of the course.

Postponement Policy - Ascentium Associates reserves the right to postpone a course at any time in advance of a course if it becomes necessary to do so. Examples include but are not limited to: if the course trainer were to become unavailable and no alternative replacement found in time, or if we receive an insufficient number of registered attendees that would be required to effectively run a course.

If a course is postponed, delegate payments already received are entitled to a full refund of fees paid or they can elect to have the funds credited towards the fees of a future course and receive a 10% discount.

Ascentium Associates will confirm the status (running or postponed) of a course up to 2-3 weeks (or earlier) before a course’s scheduled dates and will contact attendees by email. It is advised that attendees do not undertake any accommodation or travel  arrangements until it is confirmed that a course will run. Ascentium Associates are not liable for any costs incurred by delegates if it becomes necessary to postpone a course.

Force Majeure - Force Majeure refers to circumstances beyond our control that make it impossible to run a course.  This includes but is but not limited to circumstances such as: bad weather conditions, acts of God, disasters, acts of terrorism, acts of war, strike action, regulations or orders of governmental authorities, civil unrest. In the case of force majeure, we reserve the right to keep attendee fees as a contribution to all incurred course related costs, such as venue and administrative costs.

Travel and accommodation - The course fee does not include any travel or accommodation costs incurred by attendees. Whilst Ascentium Associates may suggest accommodation nearby the training venue, we are not accountable for making any bookings for accommodation or transportation arrangements on behalf of attendees. Attendees are responsible for their own transfers to and from the training venue and we will not accept any liability for any transport disruption an attendee may encounter. Our cancellation policy applies if an attendee is unable to attend all or part of a course.

Course Leader and External Experts - Whilst course trainers and any external speakers and subject matter topics are confirmed in advance of the course, there may be circumstances beyond our control for which we reserve the right to change any aforementioned trainers, speakers or topics.

Programme contents – The course contents delivered verbally or provided in any format are purely for education and information purposes only and do not constitute advice or any course of action. Whilst all reasonable care has been taken for contents to be accurate and up to date, Ascentium Associates accepts no liability for any incompleteness or inaccuracy. Ascentium Associates accepts no liability whatsoever for any direct or consequential loss arising from the use of the contents of a course.

Programme Fee -  Fees allow attendees to go to all the training sessions and food and beverage refreshment breaks at the course. The fee also includes tuition and the training materials, which will be given at the course. Where applicable, the fees  are subject to local taxes such as VAT and these are charged upon registration.

  1. Payment - Full cleared payment of the fees must be received in advance of attending a course. Failure to do so may result in an attendee not being allowed to participate in the course. Payments can be made by most credit cards or wireRegistrations received fifteen (15) days or less before a course commences, then the payment must be via credit card.

Membership fees - Full cleared payment of the membership fees must be received in order to benefit from member rates. The annual membership fee applies for a full calendar year and is only refundable if the very first programme related to the member is postponed and a refund is requested. Even if only one programme is booked per annum, the membership fee is not refundable even if no more courses are booked during the remainder of year. 


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