Foundations of Private Capital

Foundations of Private Capital


This comprehensive and fully accredited course is aimed at early career investment professionals looking to accelerate their experience and knowledge through skills development and deal simulations led by the some of the private capital industry’s most senior leaders. This is a three-day residential program held in Sydney and includes all food and beverage, accommodation for two nights and two networking dinners.

Modelled on the highly successful British Private Equity & Venture Capital industry’s Foundations course, this program will be targeted at delivering a comprehensive base of knowledge and skills across private equity, venture and private credit, hearing from senior industry practitioners who will share their hands-on experience and career learnings from the perspective of both fund managers as well as institutional investors.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this practitioner-led knowledge and skills building program it is anticipated that course participants will:

  • understand the role of private capital within the funds management and investment sector, as well as the machinery of how the industry works, and the constituent components of the broader ecosystem within which the industry exists;
  • have an advanced understanding of the relevant issues in the context of assessing, valuing, contracting, monitoring and exiting private capital investments;
  • apply and interpret alternative private capital valuation methodologies as part of a robust and comprehensive diligence process;
  • understand how the private capital industry is evolving, and the importance of ESG and diversity and inclusion to the future of the industry;
  • acquire familiarity with the full spectrum of private capital investments from early-stage start-ups, through to growth and expansion capital, as well as management and leveraged buyouts, encompassing an understanding of the differing risk and return profiles of different investment strategies within private capital; and
  • be able to apply a private capital investment mindset to ‘real world’ business case studies.


Residential Course | Vibe Hotel, North Sydney

Tuesday, 19 March - Thursday, 21 March

Driving value in portfolio companies

  • Responsible investment principles and practices
  • Negotiation skills
  • PE/VC/Private Credit deal simulations and case studies
  • Managing the portfolio and value creation
  • Exit strategies

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Mat Robinson Michelle Deaker Adrian Kerley

Matt Robinson
Managing Director,
Pacific Equity Partners

Dr Michelle Deaker
Founding Partner
and Managing Director

Adrian Kerley
Executive Director,
Private Equity
IFM Investors

Paul Evans
Founding Partner

Chris Koeck

Lucy Cooper
ESG Director
Crescent Capital Partners

Tom Humphrey

David Browne
Investment Director
Next Capital

Chris Koeck
Investment Director
Allegro Funds

   Marcus Simpson Nicole Connolly   

Marcus Simpson
PMGS Global

Nicole Connolly
Investor Relations
Allegro Funds



GP/LP members   $4,600 inc GST

Corporate members   $5,700 inc GST

Non-members   $8,800 inc GST
* Pricing is per person and includes residential course accommodation and food/beverage

Continuing Professional Development

Participation in this program constitutes verifiable CPD for 21.5 hours.

The Australian Investment Council Event Terms and Condition can be viewed here.


19/03/2024 - 21/03/2024

8:30AM - 5:00PM


Vibe Hotel

171 Pacific Highway

North Sydney NSW 2060

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