Over the past twenty years, the private equity industry has undergone tremendous growth and sweeping changes. With the growth of private equity investing, it is imperative that financial professionals fully understand this complex subject. The cases and notes in this updated edition are designed to provide you with a better understanding of the history of the private equity industrys development and the workings of the industry today. Divided into four modules, the first examines how private equity funds are raised and structured; the second considers the interactions between private equity investors and the entrepreneurs that they finance; the third discusses the process through which private equity investors exit their investments; and the last considers the future of the private equity industry.
, the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at the Harvard Business School, is one of the best-known authorities on venture capital. Both his academic and practical activities focus on the structure and workings of these funds. His mix of practical and academic perspectives is at the heart of this book.
Felda Hardymon is a Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School and a partner since 1981 at Bessemer Venture Partners, a leading venture capital firm.
Ann Leamon, after co-founding the Center for Case Development at Harvard Business School, now serves as Senior Research Associate dedicated to the Venture Capital & Private Equity class. She came to Harvard after a decade of senior analytical positions in operating companies.