With a focus on middle market private businesses, students would:
1) Learn more about the technical skills involved in staffing, structuring, valuing, financing, “diligencing,” and closing a transaction;
2) Refine ability to analyze the merit of a business and industry; and
3) Gain practical skills in sourcing, negotiating, and presenting transactions
The course will benefit those who intend to become deal entrepreneurs (as a search fund looking for a single deal or start-up financial sponsor), want to work in private equity, or want to learn more about acquiring private businesses (as it may be a skill set that could be required as part of a corporate job), or just want to learn more about the process of buying a private company.
Scott Johnson was a Columbia Business School faculty member from 2011 to 2016.