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Private Equity: Make the Most of Your Investments in Leveraged Buyouts and Growth Capital

The purpose of this financial training seminar is to help you improve your understanding of private equity transactions and how to make them work for you.


$995 + taxes


One day – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Course given in French

HEC Montréal
April 10, 2018

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Many businesses are on the lookout for ways to expand, either through organic growth or acquisition. However, most of these strategies require hefty financial resources. This represents an opportunity for private equity investors, investment advisors and lenders specializing in business financing, on one hand, and entrepreneurs and financial executives searching for funds, on the other. This seminar will help you improve your understanding of private equity transactions and how to make them work for you.


  • Understand the ins and outs of private equity investing.
  • Brush up on best practices with regard to this type of investment.
  • Acquire methods and tools to carry out these transactions.

Is this for you?

  • Private equity specialists (leveraged buyout or growth capital funds)
  • Professional business financing advisors
  • Lenders involved in business financing
  • Entrepreneurs or financial managers looking for sources of capital
  • Asset managers
  • Government representatives working in an economic development or finance capacity

This program is for you if:

  • You have a say in decisions concerning investment and financing projects.
  • You are the person in your organization in charge of private equity and business financing policy.
  • You are interested in ramping up your skill sets and gaining a better understanding of leveraged buyouts and equity financing to advance your career.

Special features

  • Tools to analyze the risks, financial challenges and strategic issues related to private equity investments.

“This is the perfect ‘big picture’ course for investment managers. It covers the gamut of issues related to investment funds,
features specific to the Quebec market and various methods used in making investment decisions.”

Virginie Beck, Investment Manager, Fonds d’investissement de la culture et des communications LP

“A course that sheds light on the structure of investment funds and the financial mechanisms they use to maximize returns.
Duruflé and Cantin are excellent together – they get their ideas across effectively and articulately.
A good balance between theory and practical information. All in all, an excellent overview of the subject matter. I recommend it.”

Pierre Marquis, Counsel, Business Development Bank of Canada

“This course was a good fit with my needs as an entrepreneur. It helped me focus on the reasons why a private investor would invest in my business.
It also gave me other financing alternatives to consider to grow my company if the right opportunity were to come along.
It opened new horizons to me, put me right inside an investor’s head and let me see my business from another point of view.
If only for that, I would recommend it to all entrepreneurs.
I suggest it to entrepreneurs who are looking to grow, take their performance up a notch and build for the future.
It’s a great source of information on what private investment is all about from an LBO perspective.”

Annie Michaud, CPA, CMA, Vice President Finance, Fabspec Inc.

“This course is an opportunity to perfect your knowledge of the specific characteristics and financial aspects of private investing.
Mr. Duruflé and Mr. Cantin are great at explaining complex notions in easy-to-understand terms.
They tap into their own expertise in the field and find concrete examples of theory in action.
Participants are encouraged to engage in open discussion, which makes the course very interactive.
I enthusiastically recommend it to anyone who wishes to get a better handle on this industry.”

Cristel Chabot-Lapointe, Associate, McCarthy Tétrault


Pierre Cantin
Pierre Cantin
MBA, HEC Montréal

Gilles Duruflé
Gilles Duruflé

1. Private equity financing chain (limited/general partnerships, entrepreneurs) and alignment of interests

  • Features, best practices and conditions for success (aligned interests, managers’ profile, operational aspects, etc.) for private equity investments (growth capital and leveraged buyouts)
  • Current trends in leveraged buyouts
  • How private funds work
  • Characteristics specific to the ecosystem in Quebec (private funds, institutional players, tax-advantaged funds)

2. Specialized methods and tools

  • Investment principles (operational, financial, due diligence) and applications in private equity and leveraged buyouts
  • Pricing of private equity and buyout transactions
  • Leveraged finance: Debt capacity of the target company
  • Leveraged transaction structures
  • Financial modelling (in Excel)
  • Draft transaction (letter of interest)

3. Case studies

  1. Buyouts: Leveraged privatization and reinvestment
    • Added value through the buyout fund
    • Leverage used to maximize shareholder return
  2. Growth capital: Growth capital investment (minority shareholder) to fund acquisitions outside of Quebec
    • Entrepreneur “opening up” capital for the first time
    • Business with a background (and future) in acquisitions
    • Price negotiated to take into account the entrepreneur’s expectations and investors’ expected return + exit mechanism
  • Concept-oriented presentations and discussions
  • Specialized methods and tools
  • Case studies
  • Guest speaker: Associate director of a private buyout find

Participants in all of our seminars will receive a certificate of completion from Executive Education HEC Montréal.

For more information about this program


Pascal-André Allaire
Senior Advisor


514 340-6001

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