The Fundamentals of Private Equity

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This course will walk participants through the basics of the Private Equity asset class and expose participants to the industry’s complex interdependencies through an interactive, self-guided experience on its essential terms, strategies and challenges.

This course combines an essential extract of ILPA’s classroom curriculum and expert practitioner faculty with the ability for the participant to engage “anytime, anywhere” at their own pace and convenience via an individual online guided learning journey.

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This class is designed for those who are new to the private equity industry, professionals who are currently onboarding into roles working with Private Equity teams, or those who would benefit from a refresher on how the fundamental constructs of the industry operate.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Identify and establish fluency with key private equity terms
  • Define the roles within limited and general partner organizations as they relate to the investment process
  • Understand how the limited and general partner relationship functions and potential impacts to the investment
  • Discuss the motivations, returns and the challenges inherent in the asset class
  • Use different private equity investment strategies and determine when they are appropriate
  • Explain the limited partnership agreement’s key terms
    Discuss the role of the industry’s regulator, the SEC

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