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Private Equity and Venture Capital

The course deals with the analysis of the private equity and venture capital business. Over the course, students will be provided with a deep understanding o...
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Platform: Coursera
Video: 4h 30m
Language: English

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The course deals with the analysis of the private equity and venture capital business.

Over the course, students will be provided with a deep understanding of the mechanism underpinning the creation and/or development of a firm and the financial support it can get from the financial system through venture capital investment.

The course tries to discover how special financial intermediaries (called private equity investors) finance through equity companies belonging to different stages of their life-cycle, starting from the very beginning (startup and early stage) to a more mature phase (i.e. expansion, mature age, etc.) or also staying into crises and decline.

Private equity (named venture capital when the company is in the first phases of its life cycle) deals with very different activities, such as scouting, advisory, deal-making, valuation, and financing as financial intermediaries see it.

The course is made up of four different modules:
WEEK 1 – Introduction to Private Equity and Venture Capital
WEEK 2 – Discovering Private Equity Investors: Legal Issues and Taxation
WEEK 3 – Management of Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds
WEEK 4 – Company Valuation And Deal Making In Private Equity Settings
WEEK 5 – Final Test
Throughout the course, guest speakers and practitioners will be interviewed to provide some examples of concrete applications of the contents presented.

An understanding of the basic concepts of corporate financing accounting principles is required, while prior knowledge of private equity and venture capital is not required however it is recommended, as this is a course designed to introduce you to the fundamental concepts in private equity and venture capital.

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Department of Finance
Università Bocconi
Stefano Caselli is the Vice Rector for International Affairs at Bocconi University where he is a full professor of Banking and Finance at the Department of Finance where he teaches private equity and venture capital, investment banking, and international finance. He is also the Director of MISB Bocconi – Mumbai International School of Business, the Indian branch of Bocconi University whereas he was the Head of the start-up project and the Director of the PGPB, Post Graduate Program in Business. At Bocconi he has covered various roles: he was the Academic Director of MSc in Finance (2010-2012), the Academic Director for Bocconi University of CEMS-MIM (Master in International Management of Community of European Management School) from 2005 to 2012 and the Director of EMCFB, and the executive master in banking and finance of SDA Bocconi (2005-2010). Today, he is a member of the board of Directors of the SDA Bocconi School of Management, where he held the position of Director of Executive Education Custom Program for Banks and Financial Institutions from 2006 to 2012. He has been awarded with the “Bocconi Teaching Award” in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and with “Bocconi Research Award” in 1997, 2004 and 2011. He is conducting research at domestic and international levels developing several publications on private equity, sme’s and family business financing, corporate finance, corporate banking and banking strategy. He is member of the scientific committee of: CER (Centro Europa Ricerche in Rome), ECMI (European Capital Market Institute in Bruxelles), EVCA (European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association for PEREP Group in Bruxelles), and CAREFIN (the research centre for financial innovation of Bocconi University). He serves as an independent director in several boards of corporations and financial institutions: SIAS S.p.a. (company listed in the Italian Stock Exchange); Manutencoop S.p.A.; Generali Immobiliare Italia SGR; Santander Consumer Bank. Moreover he has been supporting many companies and institutions as strategic consultant (among them, Unicredit Group, Cariparma Group, Equita Sim, Telecom Italia Media, Borsa Italiana, ABI – Associazione Bancaria Italiana, OECD, Consob for the working group devoted to incentives for stock exchange). He acts as columnist and opinion maker on several newspapers and radio and television programs where the major ones are: Corriere Economia, TG1 Economia, Radio 1 Questioni di Borsa, Via Sarfatti 25, Class CNBC Network. He had also many interviews on Wall Street Journal, Der Spiegel, Bloomberg Channel, Le Figaro.
Platform: Coursera
Video: 4h 30m
Language: English

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