Investing in Private Equity: Valuation and Financing of SMEs

Course overview

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the European economy. 99.8% of enterprises which operate in the EU-28 non-financial business sector are SMEs, accounting for 67% of total employment. 

In the Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Investing in Private Equity: Valuation and Financing of SMEs, we explore how SMEs should be valued and financed, and the role that private equity investors can play alongside traditional banks in promoting the growth of SMEs.

Participants will aquire the conceptual tools that are required for the valuation of SMEs, and will learn how different forms of financing can be employed to maximize enterprise value. Sessions will also cover M&As of SMEs, and the issues that investors face when restructuring SMEs in distress. 

The course is taught using a mix of business case studies and lectures.

Course registration will be capped at 30 participants.



  • Filippo Ippolito (UPF and Barcelona GSE), course director
  • Bo Becker (Stockholm School of Economics)
  • Gianluca Capone (BlueMountain Capital Management)
  • Luis Mateo (Crédit Suisse)
  • Jos van Bommel (University of Luxembourg)

Detailed instructor biographies and course plan are available below.

Key benefits

  • Learn how to value SMEs
  • Learn how financing affects firm value in SMEs
  • Learn how private equity funds design deals to invest in SMEs
  • Learn how to restructure a firm in distress
  • Learn how to structure M&A deals for SMEs 

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Dates and deadlines

  • Early-bird deadline: September 17, 2018
  • Applications close: October 10, 2018
  • Course dates: October 17-19 2018

Fees and discounts

Early-bird (payment by Sep 17)

  • Regular Fee: 1960€
  • Reduced Fee: 1190€*

Fees after Sep 17

  • Regular Fee: 2800€
  • Reduced Fee: 1700€*

*See below for reduced fee eligibility or email us to request more information