Oxford Private Equity Programme

Strategic insights into the risks and rewards of this expanding asset class

Start date:


  • 5 days

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • £7,500 plus accommodation

About the programme

Join Professor Tim Jenkinson and industry leaders in a lively discourse about the current and future state of private equity and the opportunities it presents.

Research findings from Professor Tim Jenkinson and colleagues at the Private Equity Institute are incorporated throughout the five days. 

Drawing on the latest analysis you will assess the opportunities, risks and developments including:

  • Private equity portfolio allocations
  • Quantifying fund performance
  • Selecting and comparing funds
  • Fund raising strategies
  • Structuring private equity investments
  • The role, risks and limits of leverage
  • Understanding the distribution of returns, fees and carried interest
  • Co-investment and direct investment opportunities
  • Alignment of incentive structures
  • Emerging markets private equity
  • Exit routes

The programme is for professionals across the corporate finance, investment management and private equity industry. Join us to develop your private equity strategy alongside a qualified peer group from across the world.


An introduction to the programme

What our alumni say

A truly amazing and engaging experience resulting in a deep dive in the details of the PE industry

Bruno Semenzato

CIO at SMZTO Holdings


To you

  • Access expertise from institutional investors, top private equity firms, corporate lawyers and portfolio CEOs  
  • Insight from analysis of unique data-sets to reveal current and predicted trends 
  • Network with professional peers in an exclusive, small group setting
  • See how the sector is predicted to be in ten years
  • Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network

To your business

  • Incorporate predicted industry trends into you strategy based on the latest research 
  • Practical exercises and high level networking adda value to your organisation’s decision making process
  • Improved technical expertise to make investments which manage risk and deliver returns

Programme outline

Day one – the institutional investor perspective

  • See the big picture to understand the whole private equity value chain
  • Setting and managing private equity allocations
  • Explore the relationships between LPs and GPs
  • Managing the risks, costs and relationships
  • Limited Partnership Agreements

Day two – Private equity investment structures

  • Fee structures and incentives.
  • Follow the money by modelling the waterfall
  • Measuring the performance of PE funds
  • Compare returns over repeat funds, sectors and vintages
  • Building a successful GP

Day three – LBOs, incentives and governance

  • How PE firms value their portfolio companies
  • LBO modelling
  • Explore leveraged finance, buy-outs and the role of debt
  • Incentivising performance in PE portfolio companies
  • Co-investments and direct PE investing

Day four – Market trends and emerging markets

  • Assess the size, performance and risks of Venture Capital
  • Consider issues affecting VC - anti-dilution, board structure, fund raising, negotiating term sheets and future sources of capital.
  • Figure out fund of funds
  • Using PE to access growth opportunities in Africa and Asia
  • Investing in emerging markets for development and financial return

Day five – exit routes and the future of private equity

  • Discuss pros and cons of the main exit routes
  • Improving returns by dis-intermediation
  • Evaluate evolving models, co-investments and direct investing
  • Incorporate likely future evolutions into your strategy with a review of research from the Private Equity Institute


Lifetime membership of the Oxford Business Alumni Network.


View more about the programme including key thoughts and opinions from faculty members.

Joining the programme

Who can apply?

Professionals across the corporate finance, investment management and private equity industry including private equity professionals, advisors, investment bankers, corporate lawyers and accountants. Entrepreneurs, Angel investors, venture capitalists and SRI portfolio managers are also be able to apply.

How to apply


Next programme date:

26 - 30 June 2023 – applications now open


Programme fee includes all tuition, education materials and all daytime refreshments and evening meals including one at a college.

Accommodation – this is a non-residential programme. We will book your accommodation and include it on your invoice.

Registrations are confirmed on receipt of full payment of the programme fee, and places are allocated in order of receipt of payment.

Corporate privileges

Take advantage of our corporate partner rate (15%) if three or more people from your organisation take part.

Further benefits for organisations are available when three or more participants attend one of our executive programmes within 12 months.

Visa requirements

Once you have a confirmed place on a programme, we suggest you apply for a visa as soon as possible, as it can take up to 100 days to process.

Saïd Business School can provide a letter to support your visa application if required.

Meet the faculty

Explore our community.

Industry expert contributors

Global leaders from the private equity industry join us to share knowledge and expertise. Subject to change.

FT Rankings 2020

Our Open Programmes have risen to number two in the world, and maintained their position as first in the UK for the sixth consecutive year in the 2020 FT Executive Education Rankings.


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