Private Equity (ECON6024)


Private equity (PE) is crucial in developing new business ventures & promoting innovation. This unit investigates how PE firms operate, analysing the key strategic issues they face during the fundraising, investing & exit stages of the PE cycle. Topics covered include: the determinants and types of PE fundraising, the organisational structure of PE firms, the PE firm's investment decision, the PE firm-investee company relationship and the design of exit strategies. The role of PE in the broader economy is also discussed. Finally, we introduce some of the ethical issues PE firms face.

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1x3hr lecture/week


2500wd written assignments (50%), 1x2hr final exam (50%)

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ECON5001 or ECON5040

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