Deal Camp: Preparing for Private Equity

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Greta Larson
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Private Equity Program

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"Deal Camp offers a unique opportunity to experience the multi-faceted private equity industry, with deep insights into the challenges facing the industry in the current crisis and the years ahead."
– The program's Faculty Director Donna M. Hitscherich, Director of the Private Equity Program at Columbia Business School

Deal Camp: Preparing for Private Equity

The program's Faculty Director Donna Hitscherich

Presented in collaboration with the Columbia Business School Private Equity Program, Deal Camp is a multi-day event that presents participants with a combination of interactive presentations and panels led by Columbia faculty and featuring a variety of industry professionals and insiders in an intimate, high-intensity learning environment.

You'll walk away with an invaluable network of insiders from the private equity industry as well as like-minded professionals interested in private equity.

The multi-day Deal Camp event builds on our foundational Private Equity program, a traditional research-based program also offered by Columbia Business School Executive Education.

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By attending Deal Camp, participants will expand their knowledge of the current trends in the private equity industry, participate in a lively discussion of the impact the new world of business has on the field, and build a new network of industry experts, like-minded professionals, and finance scholars.

Deal Camp will prepare participants with:

  • The tools needed to work on the LBO Model
  • New ideas for deal sourcing
  • The understanding of common legal issues in private equity
  • Insight into the latest technologies in the field
  • Hands-on, timely case studies designed to showcase current trends in the industry
  • Clarity on career paths and the specific roles best suited to the participant
  • An opportunity to meet several industry key players in an intimate setting

Upon completion of this program, you will earn two credits towards a Certificate with select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn more.


After an overview of the industry, private equity experts and esteemed Columbia Business School finance faculty will lead discussions and case studies for developing insight into the challenges facing the industry in the years ahead.

Participants will be exposed to all aspects of the private equity life cycle — from fundraising and deal sourcing to transaction execution, management of the firm, and the ultimate exit.

For a complete program schedule download the agenda.


Deal Camp is ideal for:

  • Executives seeking a better understanding of the latest trends in the private equity industry
  • Professionals in anticipation of a career transition into private equity
  • Service providers to the industry
  • Those considering the sale of a business to a private equity firm

Columbia Business School alumni and up to four of their colleagues are eligible for a 25 percent tuition benefit for this program. More on the Alumni Tuition Benefit.

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Hear from Past Participants

"Being a veteran of industry conferences, seminars, and workshops, I can safely say that Columbia Business School's Deal Camp is second to none in quality of its presenters, participants, and event organizers.
By the time I left Deal Camp, I felt I had acquired a unique perspective of the private equity sector. It sharpened my technical skills and I have no doubt that what I learned will make an impact in my work at our pension fund. In fact, my office is currently working on scheduling a visit from one of the firms that presented at Deal Camp to discuss potential investment opportunities, so the camp is already yielding positive outcomes.
Everyone at Deal Camp was friendly, open to dialogue, and willing to answer questions or provide additional insight. I truly feel like I made friends at the camp. It changed my perspective of business schools altogether and I am now contemplating applying to Columbia's EMBA program."

     – Deputy Director, Investments at a Private Pension Plan

"The material covered at Deal Camp gave me new insight into the subject of private equity. The week following the program I had a meeting in which I was able to better my position in a transaction thanks to Deal Camp."
     – David McGough, CEO at Digital Matrix Systems Inc.

"I had an absolutely tremendous benefit from attending Deal Camp. I really appreciated the opportunity to meet with current students as well as practitioners in [private equity]."
     – Columbia Business School Alum

"All speakers [at Deal Camp] were excellent and collectively provided a robust overview on the industry and the deal process. I'm fortunate to have participated in the inaugural session and am certain the conference will be sought after in years to come."
     – Second year Columbia MBA student


Donna M. Hitscherich, Faculty Director
Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Business, Finance and Economics
Director, Private Equity Program

Prior to her present position at Columbia Business School, Professor Hitscherich had a career in investment banking, holding positions at CS First Boston, JP Morgan & Co. Incorporated, and Banc of America Securities. While at JP Morgan, she was a founding member of the takeover defense team and a senior member of the advisory review committee which was responsible for the M&A fairness opinions issued. As a managing director in the mergers and acquisitions group of Banc of America Securities, she was secretary of the firm's fairness opinion committee and a major contributor to the firm's training programs for managing directors and associates.

Prior to her investment banking career, Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Since joining Columbia Business School as an adjunct faculty member in 1992, Professor Hitscherich has taught Corporate Finance, Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Advanced Corporate Finance in both the MBA and Executive MBA programs. Professor Hitscherich has been the recipient of the Executive MBA Commitment to Excellence Award from the Berkeley-Columbia EMBA graduating classes from 2010 to 2013. She was nominated for the Dean's Award for Innovation in the MBA Curriculum for her presentation of the Advanced Corporate Finance course in 2002. She has also served as a lecturer in law and accounting at Columbia Law School. She currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Business for Finance and Economics and as Director of the Private Equity Program.

In addition, there will be several guest speakers from industry and academia.