Course Details

Private Equity Deep Dive
1.0 CR
Yes (may vary by section)

The PE Deep Dive course is an opportunity to equip students with the tools, skills, and knowledge to shape the future of private equity from the point of view of practitioners in the day-to-day business. The goal of the PE Deep Dive Course is to:

  • Supercharge careers of students with prior PE experience
  • Empower exceptional individuals with non-traditional backgrounds to succeed in private markets
  • Strengthen pathways for talent with operating background to access the broad PE ecosystem
  • Provide learning from those in leading position in PE driving the industry forward
  • Instill in students the values, ethical decision-making, and management abilities that make distinctive PE leaders
  • Foster thought leadership and knowledge sharing by bringing together experts, industry leaders and participants, and members of the public
  • Educate the public on the uses of PE for the economy and societal good

After the course students will be able to categorize the discussions and in four different buckets: Fund Management and the GP-LP relationship, Doing Deals, Managing PE Investments, Evolution of the PE Industry, Future Challenges, and the Role of Impact Investing.

Jose Liberti will be Faculty Course Coordinator while the industry leaders/practitioners presenting in the class will be: Chris Ackerman (Flexpoint), John Carroll (Summit Partners), Alex Emery (Permira), Scott Gwilliam (Keystone Capital), Kip Kirkpatrick (Vistria), Gordon Pan (Baird Capital), David Schnadig (Cortec Group), Roy Seiders (Yeti Founder), David Seligman (Kirkland & Ellis), Michael Smith (Ares Capital), Tim Sullivan (Madison Dearborn), and Elizabeth Traxler (Neuberger Berman). Please see the course syllabus for a session-by-session breakdown of topics and speakers.

The course is mandatory to APEX students. Other interested students may have the opportunity to join via an application process. That application can be found here. No auditors allowed.

While this class has formal pre-requisites, those with a strong background in investment banking or private equity, and/or the necessary prior experiences required to participate in high-level private equity discussions, are encouraged to apply.

Finance Major
Spring 2024

CH (Chicago)
EV (Evanston)
All Students: (FINC-448-0 OR FINC-477-0)