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Course Details in 2018/19 Session

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Module Title LM Private Equity and Venture Finance
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 29871
Module Lead Dr. Wasim Ahmad
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions Only available to students on MSc Investments (Singapore)
Description The module deals with private equity and venture finance from inception of the idea to harvesting (exiting) of the investment. The first half of the module deals with institutional background of new venture financing and differences between entrepreneurial and ‘traditional’ corporate finance. The second half will cover aspects of initial valuation and alternative ways to harvest equity investments. In particular, we deal with the initial public offerings (IPO) process and financial performance of venture-backed- companies.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module, students will be expected to be able to:
  • critically analyse the differences between venture capital and mainstream corporate finance;
  • identify and critically appraise institutional differences in raising and structuring private equity funds;
  • demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of various financial and ownership aspects of private equity and venture capital investments;
  • apply various valuation techniques in private equity settings;
  • show a systematic understanding of how firms make initial public offerings and the cost of such offerings;
  • critically evaluate short and long term performance of venture capital-backed companies.
Assessment 29871-01 : 2 Hour Closed Book Examination : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (75%)
29871-02 : A Group Assignment containing upto 3000 words : Group Assessment - Coursework (25%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments:
A group assignment containing up to 3,000 words (25%) and a 2-hour closed book examination (75%)
Reassessment: a 2-hour closed book examination (100%)
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