78658 - Venture Capital and Private Equity

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The course aims at presenting how companies can raise capital for their development and deals with the phases of the life cycle of companies, from the start-up phase to growth and to maturity. After completing the course based also on educational materials in English, the student will know the whole process of investment in venture capital according to both the investor perspective (fundraising, screening and evaluation of investments, deal structuring, shareholding monitoring and divestment) and to the company perspective (seasoned equity offerings, sale of shares, diversification of assets, generational change).

Course contents

Introduction to Venture Capital and Private Equity

Life cycle of the business and financial needs

Organizational models of investment funds

Investment policies, performance and incentives of fund managers

Main evaluation criteria

LBO and use of leverage among economic value and financial difficulties

Management, monitoring and optimization of the investment

The term sheet: agreements and negotiation of the main clauses


Hints to turnaround funds and opportunistic investors


Reading material will be distributed during the course. Slides will be available on the platform “Insegnamenti on line”. As attending the course is not mandatory, there is no difference between attending students and not attending students.

Anna Gervasoni, Fabio L.Sattin “ Private Equity e Venture Capital”, Guerini Next, 2015.

Reading material will be distributed during the course.

Teaching methods


Analysis and discussion of case studies drafted mostly in English

Testimonials from some qualified operators

Assessment methods

Valuation is based on a written exam.

Teaching tools

The teaching tools are the projector and the blackboard for exercises.

Office hours

See the website of Massimo Spisni

See the website of Giada Castaldini