Certified Private Equity Specialist

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Course Overview

The course covers private equity in depth, starting with the strategic framework, proceeding to evaluation of targets, company valuation and financing, the legal and regulatory framework, and the deal execution process. It concludes with assessment of post-investment value creation, and utilizes a number of real life case studies, including many in which the instructor has had personal involvement. Exercises are conducted in excel and group discussion.

Key Takeaways

Formulating and implementing the optimal business strategy to make a private equity investment succeed.
Cultivating management traits endowing the skills and expertise to run the business successfully.
Evaluating the best options using appropriate decision making criteria including financial tools, such as appraisal techniques, relevant models, tax considerations, deal execution and value creation.
Utilizing optimal methods of negotiating investment opportunities, deal structures and exit strategies.
Constructing and funding an optimal private equity portfolio, considering investment allocation, returns and benchmarking.

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The International Academy of Business and Financial Management™ is one of the world’s fastest growing professional association with more than 200,000 members, associates and affiliates in 145 countries. IABFM™ hosts and organizes certification training worldwide and offers exclusive board designations to candidates who meet the highest professional standards and assessment criteria. The IABFM is credited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) the International Standards setting authority.

Course Outline

Part 1
The Markets, Business Structures and Access to Market
Private equity markets globally
→ Market structure, geographies, stages, nature
→ Deal flows and centers of excellence
Trends and outlook
→ Investor and investee perceptions
→ The future of private equity
Private Equity today
→ 2020
→ 2021
Exercises: designing suitable characteristics of a target private equity company; defining the appropriate macro framework conditions for private equity markets Q&A Session
Part 2
Working a Potential Deal to the Point of Decision
Deal and funding sources
→ Finding deal opportunities
→ Accessing the funding markets
→ Financial decisions: sources of equity & debt
→ Brief review of valuation techniques: asset based, multiples, DCF
Excel exercise: valuation
Investing and funding
→ Conceptual and economic differences
→ Corporate finance considerations in private equity
Core concepts of business strategy and operating risk
→ Valid strategic positions
→ Risks and rewards of core strategies
→ Operating risk models and assessments
Due diligence
→ Company accounts and realities
→ Documentation and legalities
→ Third party advisors
Q&A Session
Part 3
Closing and Taking Ownership or Control of a Deal
Deal evaluation and planning
→ Traditional models
→ Uncertainty models and approaches
→ Private equity anomalies
→ Restructuring plans – good business plans
Deal structures
→ Pure equity deals
→ Hybrid structures
→ Joint venture investments
→ Risk considerations
Deal negotiations
→ MOUs, LOIs, pre-contracts
→ Investor requirements
→ Last mile approach
→ Principles of negotiations
Exercises: valuation exercises for companies with and without assets/cash flow; developing a restructuring plan for a company; developing a financing plan to take over a company
Q&A Session
Part 4
Running a Private Equity Business
Closure and completion
→ Contracts, side letters, agreements
→ Documentation and validation
First 90 days
→ Evolution of an investee company
→ Management activities and financing
Three years
→ Performance management
→ Second round financing
→ Recovery planning
→ Preparing for exit
Exercises: Taking Charge: the Enterprise Project - Creating a tight team
Q&A Session
Part 5
Developing a Sustainable Private Equity Business
Exit strategies
→ Listings; trade sales, others
Building a private equity business
→ Targets and strategies
→ Staff and rewards
→ Capital and deals
→ Issues in private equity
Performance and benchmarks
→ Targets and strategies
→ Measuring performance
→ Benchmarking performance
Exercises: designing suitable characteristics of a target private equity company; defining the appropriate macro framework conditions for private equity markets
Course review and discussion
→ Topics to be covered in more depth – participants’ selection
→ Review of material, secondary sources, research aids and related practical applications

Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for
Corporate analysts, private equity firms, bankers and financiers, accounting and advisory firms, government bodies, family owned businesses, legal and regulatory consultants, originators of debt and equity funding, investment professionals


What language will the course be taught in and what level of English do I need to take part in an LEORON training program?
Most of our public courses are delivered in English language. You need to be proficient in English to be able to fully participate in the workshop and network with other delegates. For in-house courses we have the capability to train in Arabic, Dutch, German and Portuguese.
Are LEORON Public courses certified by an official body/organization?
LEORON Institute partners with 20+ international bodies and associations.We also award continuing professional development credits (CPE/PDUs) for:1. NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) 2. Project Management Institute PDUs 3. CISI credits 4. GARP credits 5. HRCI recertification credits 6. SHRM recertification credits
What is the deadline for registering to a public course?
The deadline to register for a public course is 14 days before the course starts. Kindly note that occasionally we do accept late registrations as well, but this needs to be confirmed with the project manager of the training program or with our registration desk that can be reached at +1071 4 1075 5711 or
What does the course fee cover?
The course fee covers a premium training experience in a 5-star hotel, learning materials, lunches & refreshments, and for some courses, the certification fee and membership with the accrediting bodies.
Does LEORON give discounts?
Yes, we can provide discounts for group bookings. If you would like to discuss a discount on a corporate level, we will be happy to talk to you.


  • Review:
    I enjoyed the program very much. The instructor was very well experienced, and the course was very well organized. The course was providing everything one needs to know about private equity that is not mentioned in the books. The content was rich and precise. The interactive teaching style kept us always involved and interested. Moreover, one of the best things in this course was that we spent half of the time applying what we learn through solving case studies. This helped us better absorb the knowledge provided, and made us more prepared to apply this knowledge in our work. I would recommend this course to anyone that is interested in becoming a Private Equity Specialist. -Associate Partner at G2G Management Consultants
    Yasmina El-Maghraby
    Business Planning Manager
  • Review:
    The CPES Course gives a comprehensive insight in the complicated world of PE and navigates the participant through the intricacies with great ease. The spontaneous discussions among the group members on various topics were hugely encouraged by the instructor adding to the exposure to current developments in various industries and made the course very appealing. It is an excellent tool not only for the aspiring PE professionals but also for the investee community too -Allied Investment Partners PJSC, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    Pankaj Gupta
    Head of Investment
  • Review:
    One of the best courses by far. I would like to thank Gavin Ryan, Trayanka Kamchevska and the team for the tremendous efforts to prepare the workshop. I would also like to thank the great delegates whom I learned from a lot. See you around all!
    Ahmed Alfozan
    Senior Private Equity -Riyad Capital, KSA
  • Review:
    Gavin teaches from his long experience in the field where he gives real live examples and helps you put the theory in to context. His course was really beneficial and enjoyable. -Malaz Capital
    Oraib Alkazimi
    Analyst- Private Equity
  • Review:
    This is the best private equity knowledge I have ever received and will never forget to practice it in my private equity deals. -Frontline, Ghana
    Benjamin Ofosu Agyemang
    Investment Officer